About Naturopathy and Nutrition

Naturopathy is not a therapy but a philosophy of health, combining vitalistic principles with biological sciences. All civilisations have used natural means to assist the body’s natural healing processes. Naturopathic medicine today draws on these ancient understandings and integrates it with modern day scientific knowledge. The scope of practice of naturopaths includes a range of healing modalities such as nutrition, herbal medicine, flower essences and stress management techniques.

The focus on nutrition in the western world has heightened in recent years with such trends as escalating obesity and diabetes rates. There has been an enormous amount of research to show that diet has an integral part to play in the prevention and treatment of a large number of common illnesses.
As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat”. This simple statement could not better sum up the fact that the tissues that make up our bodies are built on the foods that we put in the supermarket trolley

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Course Details

This programme consists of 16 courses which are each worth 15 credits.

(All courses are compulsory.)

Course Code Course Name Course Credits
DHS 701 Nutritional Biochemistry 15
DHS 702 Pathology and Clinical Science 15
DHS 703 Herbal Medicine Materia Medica 15
DHS 704 Complementary Therapies I 15
DHS 705 Complementary Therapies II 15
DHS 706 Dietary Plan (Lifestyle) 15
DHS 707 Clinical Skills 15
DHS 708 Clinical Examinations 15
 DHS 721  Clinical Diagnostics 15
 DHS 722  Medicinal Food Science 15
 DHS 723  Clinical Case Studies 15
 DHS 724  Advanced Herbal Medicine 15
 DHS 725  Pharmacology 15
 DHS 726  Psychology and Counselling Theory 15
 DHS 727  Establish and Manage a Practice 15
 DHS 728  Clinical Practicum 15
Total 240

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the community with naturopaths and nutritionists who can apply in-depth scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues and health conditions or diseases.

Graduates will be able to work as practicing Naturopaths or Nutritionists to provide good naturopathic nutrition advice based on current health science and wellness trends

Education Pathway

Graduates will be able to undertake higher education in the areas of naturopathy, nutrition, health-related disciplines, health science, as well as complementary and natural medicine.

Graduates will have a pathway to degrees in Naturopathy and Nutrition.

Employment Pathway
Graduates are able to work as:

  • Naturopaths
  • Nutritionists and Lifestyle Coaches
  • Health and Nutrition Advisors.

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Health Science (Level 5)


  • Equivalent qualification


  • Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (Units 6400, 6401, 6402)  needs to be valid and current while enrolled in the programme

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Form must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Semester start date.

See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.

Two years full time or four years part time

The Advanced Diploma is offered as a blended programme of study. The majority of your learning will be based from home, using online materials. You will also be expected to attend one five day workshop in year one and two five day workshops in year two.

February and July each year. For exact start dates please refer to the calendar.

Tuition Fees $8,976.00


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