Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Naturopathic Medicine provides an introduction to advanced study in naturopathic medicine. The course is ideal for recent naturopathy graduates who wish to develop specialist knowledge or for practitioners in the field who are looking to expand their research careers and skills.

Delivered online in flexible part-time mode, the course covers critical aspects of naturopathic philosophy and research practice. You will also deepen your knowledge in a specialist area such as gut health, mental and women’s health or maternity care through the choice of an elective.

The complementary medicines industry in Australia is worth an estimated $5.2 billion with significant export volumes, especially to China, according to the 2019 industry survey by peak body Complementary Medicines Australia.

Graduates are well-placed to enter this growing field, equipped with a solid, evidence-based foundation in the theory and practice of naturopathic medicine or to expand their options in research.

Students undertake core units in naturopathic philosophy and research practice. They may also choose electives from a range of units that cover topics such as Naturopathic Gastroenterology, Gut Microbiome and Health, Naturopathic Women's Health, Maternity Care or Mental Health, or Cognition and the Healthy Brain.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate critical judgement, thinking and understanding of the interplay between traditional and scientific knowledge within naturopathic medicine.


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

Ethical practice

Develop and integrate an understanding of ethical and legal principles and apply these values to the practice of naturopathic medicine.

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate person-oriented care and communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic, professional and health care settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social, political, ecological and cultural influences that impact health and wellbeing in all members of society.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

48 weeks part-time

International duration

48 weeks full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Online 4 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Online 4 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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

  • 2 core units (24 credit points); and
  • the equivalent of 2 single-weighted elective units (24 credit points).


Note 1: This is a half weighted unit