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Please Note: You must first be a member of the Section in which you wish to pursue Diplomate status before being able to move forward in the Diplomate application. If you're not sure if you're a current member of the Section, please email membership@aaoptom.org and we can verify and/or add you appropriately.

Become a PHEV Diplomate

Who are Diplomates in Public Health and Environmental Vision?

Diplomate, from the root word diploma, is the title and certification given a Fellow of the Academy who has achieved advanced expertise, understanding, and education in public health optometry and environmental vision by completing the Diplomate Program.

Diplomates in the Section are optometrists, public health professionals, and vision scientists from a variety of backgrounds including private practice, government and military service, academic institutions, private sector organizations, research settings, and not for profit agencies.

What is Public Health Optometry?  What is Environmental Vision?

As a specialty, Public Health Optometry includes optometrists who recognize and actively participate in management of conditions and systems from a population perspective.  Specialists in Environmental Vision educate and facilitate people whose vision needs are unique to their occupation or recreation.   Public Health Optometrists may treat an outbreak of infectious eye disease. Public Health and Environmental Vision specialists may influence access of care, health care policy and finances for groups. It is this emphasis on populations that distinguishes the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section.

Public Health and Environmental Vision is the application of public health and optometric principles to improve the eye health and vision of the population.

Throughout the foreseeable future, the organization, administration and delivery of health care services will continue to change in a rapid and sometimes unpredictable manner. Our profession needs expertise, understanding and education in the area of health care policy and administration, and environmental vision. We need to develop and recognize leaders of our profession who exercise the knowledge and maintain an active involvement in public health. 

Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry may become Diplomates of the Section on Public Health when they have demonstrated the required level of knowledge and expertise in public health optometry. The application of public health knowledge involves an understanding of major societal issues, such as workforce and finance, that effect the delivery of health services to different groups or populations.