Expand mobile version menu
  Skip to main content

Homeopathic Medicine/Homeopathy

Program Description

Just the Facts

Homeopathic Medicine/Homeopathy. A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of homeopathic medicine, an holistic therapeutic system using naturally occurring substances in highly diluted forms to mimic symptoms of illness and trigger autoimmune responses, based on the law of similars and other principles derived from the work of Samuel Hahnemann and others. Includes instruction in anatomy, physiology, pathology, toxicology, philosophy and theory of homeopathy, casetaking and case analysis, repertory, materia medica, constitutional typing, proving, practice management, and professional standards and ethics.

This program is available in these options:

  • Associate degree

High School Courses

See the high school courses recommended for programs in this career cluster:

See the high school courses recommended for programs in this pathway:

Related Careers

Check out related careers

Additional Information

Homeopathic medicine is becoming an increasingly popular way to cure illnesses. Homeopathy students learn a system of medicine based on the notion that the same things that make us ill can make us better.

The Council on Homeopathic Education accredits homeopathic training programs. Check its website for a list of schools.

The rules and regulations pertaining to a homeopathy education can be complicated.

Training programs in homeopathy are usually three to four years, and often include extended weekend courses that meet monthly or every two months. Program administrators suggest people with no medical background take anatomy, physiology and pathology at local colleges beforehand.

Raymond Edge is the founder of a school of homeopathic medicine. He says students must have completed at least two years of college courses to be accepted into his program.

In high school, Edge says, it's important to focus on the sciences.

Dr. Amy Rothenberg teaches at the New England School of Homeopathy in Massachusetts, a school for for people who are already practicing homeopathy. She says students should concentrate on a liberal arts education.

"We look for intelligent, sensitive prospective students who are willing to learn both the science and art of homeopathy."

Homeopathic training includes instruction in homeopathic philosophy, case analysis, materia medica and repertory. Materia medica refers to the medicines used in homeopathy. Repertory refers to the lists of medicines, the symptoms they cause and the overdoses and cure dosages for those medicines.

Some programs offer clinical training as part of the homeopathy program.

Casetaking is very important to the discipline. Homeopaths may spend hours with patients talking and listening in order to cure ills.

Naturopathic education is another avenue to learn homeopathic medicine. Naturopathic medical school is a four-year program in which the first two years resemble basic science and pathology training that takes place in medical schools.

Years three and four, however, are different. This is when naturopathic students are taught natural therapies. Homeopathy is one of the most popular. Approximately 1,000 hours of clinical training is also provided.

The biggest expense after tuition is books. Students may also need to buy diagnostic equipment.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

Positive Health
This page has many links to the world of homeopathy

Introduction to Homeopathy
From the National Center for Homeopathy


  • Email Support

  • 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927)
    From outside the U.S., please call +1 (424) 750-3900


Powered by XAP

OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.