This summer, join us in a 15 hour online introductory course designed to provide insight into how naturopathic medicine can improve patient outcomes.

Course Description

Naturopathic medicine offers an integrative approach that applies evidence-informed therapies for primary patient care and disease prevention.

This case-based introductory course provides insight into a naturopathic medical practice and how its’ application can improve patient outcomes and lessen iatrogenic consequences.  The course weaves together theories and principles that promote the doctor-patient relationship and prioritize the application of therapeutic interventions to favour patient outcomes with least side effects.  From disease prevention to the management of acute and chronic disease at any degree of seriousness, we will explore the supportive research and efficacious application of least harmful, effective case management.

In addition to rigoruous conventional training in health sciences and diagnostics, naturopathic doctors employ this range of natural therapies and least-invasive techniques to ensure a holistic, integrated approach to health maintenance and healing.

Regulation of naturopathic medicine is robust in licensed jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and naturopathic doctors are expected to be safe, competent, and ethical. Naturopathic medicine is held to high educational standards by the US Department of Education sanctioned accreditation body (CNME) in its blended and rigorous application of historical and modern scientific knowledge.  

Course Texts

No Required Texts, however suggested readings and articles may be provided.

Learning Objectives

Explore the therapeutic interventions utilized by naturopathic doctors for acute and chronic disease

  • Nutritional medicine
  • Physical medicine
  • Botanical medicine
  • Traditional Asian medicine
  • Counseling
  • Homeopathy

Outline the principles of naturopathic medicine and demonstrate the applicability of each

  • First do no harm (Primum Non Nocere)
  • The healing power of nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
  • Treat the whole person (Tolle Causum)
  • Identify & treat the root cause (Tolle Totum)
  • Prevention (Principiis Obste)
  • Doctor as teacher (Docere

Describe naturopathic approaches to disease prevention and patient-centered healthcare.

Investigate the standards and regulatory bodies for naturopathic medicine.

Course Details

Date: TBA
Total hours: 15
Location: Online

Course Schedule

Monday: TBA
Tuesday – Thursday: TBA
Friday: TBA

Course Outline

Day 1 – July 6

Introduce and define Naturopathic Medicine.

Outline the principles and therapeutic order applied in naturopathic medicine.

Describe approaches to case taking, treatment and management.

Day 2 – July 7

Explore therapeutic interventions applied by naturopathic doctors for prevention and acute and chronic disease states.

  • Nutritional medicine
    • How proper nutrition in physiological functioning affect health outcomes
    • Dietary planning, interventions, and therapeutic diets
    • Role of the microbiome in health and related nutritional strategies
  • Counseling
    • The role of the naturopathic doctor in the therapeutic relationship and motivational interviewing that inspires change and program adherence
    • Role and application of mindfulness in health
    • Relationship of nature to improving health

Day 3 – July 8

Continued exploration of the therapeutic interventions utilized by naturopathic doctors for prevention and acute and chronic disease

  • Botanical medicine
    • Traditional and historical use of herbs for treatment
    • Plant constituents, modes of action, and modern scientific use 
    • Botanical strategies to alter the microbiome
  • Traditional Asian medicine & Acupuncture
    • 5-Element theory and the concept of Qi
    • Tongue & Pulse diagnosis and the use of acupuncture for treatment

Day 4 – July 9

Continued exploration of the therapeutic interventions utilized by naturopathic doctors for prevention and acute and chronic disease

  • Physical medicine
    • Anatomy, soft tissue mobilization, physical medicine, manual therapies
    • Naturopathic manipulation (spinal adjustment)
  • Homeopathy
    • Definitions of homeopathy and the Law of Similars
    • Clinical use of homeopathy for acute cases

Day 5 – July 10

Describe the full-time, four-year ND program for undergraduate students and health care professionals.

Next steps and Q&A regarding the 4-year ND program.

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*This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.