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History and Philosophy of Natural Medicine: across cultures and the ages

Get ready to explore natural medicine across cultures and the ages. In this CPE/CPD course, you'll traverse the world, comparing the similarities and differences in health systems and practices. Consider how modern science intersects with ancient wisdom and how this influences today's natural health landscape in Australia and overseas.

  • 30+ hours of content
  • 18 months of access to material
  • 100% delivered online
  • 0 prerequisites

What you'll take away from this course

Knowledge of traditional medicine systems
Awareness of the differences and similarities in healing practices
An understanding of the impact of modern scientific evidence
Insight into global trends in natural medicine
Up to 30 CPE/CPD points

In this course, study the history and philosophy of natural medicine across the globe – from traditional African to American to Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander healing practices and knowledge. Learn about Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Chinese, East Asian, European, Middle Eastern, and Jewish medicine. Touch on homeopathy, naturopathy and manual therapies and consider how modern science influences today’s holistic health practices.

Continuing education

Completing this course can contribute to your continuing professional development with the following organisation(s).

Topics covered

  • Medical philosophy
    • Analyse the terms ‘history’ and ‘philosophy’ and consider how conceptions of these may differ across geographical distances and times.
  • African traditions
    • Explore traditional therapies in Africa, how they have evolved over time and help inform current practice.
  • First Nations traditions
    • Explore Australia and the Torres Strait plus the Americas and their holistic approaches to health.
  • Eastern medicine
    • Explore the Vedic tradition of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
  • Eastern medicine
    • Understand the medical history and philosophy underpinning contemporary health practices in the West.
  • Complementary medicine
    • Explore naturopathy, homeopathy, and hands-on therapies such as chiropractic and osteopathy.
  • Allied health and evolving practices
    • Identify how changing ideas and perspectives about health and medicine over time relate to the present landscape of natural medicine around the world.
  • Final submission
    • Using the knowledge gained, form a health plan for a potential client.

Whether you are upskilling, cross-skilling, re-skilling or simply curious about natural medicine, this advanced course will equip you with the knowledge to expand your career possibilities.

Dive into our rich array of online resources, including videos, podcasts and interactive quizzes, to explore the history and philosophy of natural medicine.

Using our intuitive, industry-leading learning platform, you have the flexibility to study entirely online, in your own time and at your pace. You will complete project work and comprehensive assessments to gain CPE/CPD points.

Your learning is supported by an interactive Learning Journal, which you will download and use throughout the course to record your progress. Remember, if you need it, learning support is one click away.

This CPE/CPD course is academically rigorous. It is designed and supported by leading experts in the field and academics who understand the needs of busy professionals. You will receive direct feedback from them on your individual course assessments.

Each course draws on content from Endeavour College of Natural Health’s degrees and is backed by its higher education credentials.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

By successfully completing the assessment tasks in this course, you will gain up to 30 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points. You can use CPE points towards your membership of professional bodies and to show you’re actively investing in life-long learning.

Credly Badge

Completing this course rewards you with the following credly badge, which you can share on your socials!

Awardees have gained knowledge of traditional medicine systems and an awareness of the differences and similarities in healing practices. They have also formed an understanding of the impact of modern scientific evidence science intersects with ancient wisdom. Awardees have insight into global trends in natural medicine and have an overview of natural health and manual therapies.

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“Overall, all resources provided, particularly links to short articles related to the topic addressed, are very interesting and useful to deepen one’s knowledge.”

- Federica Conti