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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine

Graduate Certificate

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The complementary medicines industry in Australia is worth an estimated $4.7 billion, and globally, close to $83 billion.

Naturopathic practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills may be well-placed to support this growing field.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine provides an introduction to advanced study in naturopathic medicine. The course is ideal if you are a recent naturopathy graduate wishing to develop specialised knowledge, or a practitioner in the field looking to expand your skills, attributes and career opportunities. The course also provides a pathway for graduates wanting to undertake further postgraduate or higher degree studies.

Delivered online in flexible part-time or full-time mode, the course covers critical aspects of naturopathic philosophy, research and evidence-based practice. You'll also be able to deepen your knowledge in a specialised area of clinical practice, such as gastrointestinal health, mental health or reproductive health, through the choice of an elective.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Critically analyse the interplay between traditional and scientific knowledge within naturopathic medicine.

GA2: Creativity

Develop innovative, creative and effective responses to the integration of traditional and scientific knowledge in professional practice of naturopathic medicine.

GA3: Ethical practice

Develop an understanding of ethical and legal principles in research.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Analyse established naturopathic theories, guiding philosophies, principles of practice and apply these to the professional practice of naturopathic medicine.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed independent judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner and practitioner.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in academic, professional and health care settings.

GA7: Cultural competence

Examine contemporary naturopathic medicine practice within the context of different integrative healthcare models.

You will study two core units in naturopathic philosophy and research:

  • Critical Perspectives in Naturopathic Philosophy
  • Practice-Based Health Research.

You'll also choose two electives from the following units to expand your knowledge in a specialist area:

  • Cognition and the Healthy Brain
  • Integrative Mental Health
  • Integrative Gastroenterology
  • Gut Microbiome and Health
  • Integrative Women's Health
  • Integrative Reproductive Health
  • Food as Medicine
  • Foundations of Clinical Hypnosis.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Term 3 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising

  • 2 core units (24 credit points), and
  • 2 option units (24 credit points).

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

NATM6002 Critical Perspectives in Naturopathic Philosophy
Location Domestic International
HLTH5009 Practice-Based Health Research
Location Domestic International
Pre-requisites Admitted to 1207235 - Master of Osteopathic Medicine OR 1209240 - Master of Advanced Naturopathic Medicine OR 1008440 - Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine; OR 196 credit points in 3007319 - Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) OR 3007229 - Bachelor of Midwifery; OR 60 credit points in 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine
Option Units
Option Units

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

Core Units

NATM6002 Critical Perspectives in Naturopathic Philosophy
HLTH5009 Practice-Based Health Research

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
NATM5003 Integrative Gastroenterology
HLTH6001 Human Microbiome and Health
NATM5006 Integrative Women's Health
NATM5004 Integrative Reproductive Health
NATM6005 Integrative Mental Health
NATM6006 Cognition and the Healthy Brain
FOOD5004 Food as Medicine
CMPL5001 Fundamentals of Clinical Hypnosis