What is nutritional medicine?
The study of nutritional medicine refers to the fact that food is now being recognised as an important healing force in the Western World. In this respect, it is catching up with traditional health models, which have long since understood the importance of nutrition. Even Hippocrates, considered the Father of Medicine, included Diet as one of three elements of treatment.
This course will qualify you to practice as a Nutritionist, or Nutritional Therapist.
In the United States of America, the Surgeon General stated ‘fully two-thirds of all deaths are directly affected by improper diet, and poor eating habits play a large part in the nation’s most common killers – coronary heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes and some cancers.’
Why study nutritional medicine?
Nutritional medicine, as a field of study in this course, is underpinned by the belief that all living forms possess an innate ability for self-healing. This ability, or vital force, operates in an intelligent, orderly fashion.
All natural approaches to health care are aimed at supporting and enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself.
The term ‘innate’ refers to characteristics or qualities, which are present in an individual from birth- they are part of the essential nature of something, rather than something that is learned, or gained through experience.
Innate Healing therefore, refers to the natural inclination of the body to both resist disease, and heal oneself.
In Iconic Health Academy’s Nutritional Medicine courses, this traditional method (modality) is used to support an individual on their healing journey.
What will the Iconic Health Academy Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine do for you?
Iconic Health Academy’s Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine provides the graduate nutritionist with a rounded knowledge of nutritional medicine.
The qualification includes biological health sciences, such as anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and differential diagnosis, together with social sciences, and practice management.
As a higher education level qualification (equivalent to), this course also includes studies in critical thinking, to ensure you have the necessary skills to remain up to date with your knowledge, and understand the importance of evidence-based natural health.
At the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and skills to be able to analyse a client’s health status, including current medical treatments. Based on this assessment, graduates can design and implement individualised treatment protocols for health management.
It is equally important for graduates to understand their limitations, and identify ‘red flags’ which would require referral to a medical practitioner, to diagnose any serious underlying conditions.
Upon completion of this course, graduate nutritionists will be equipped to practice autonomously in their own professional clinic or work within an established health care practice.
The educational material is designed in accordance with the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 6, and the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 7, specifically at Bachelor level. Once you have completed your Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine, you will receive a certificate of completion from Iconic Health Academy.
Graduates will be eligible to become professional members of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists, which is recognised in:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States
This course is assessed using self-paced Multiple Choice Questionnaires, which can be used as formative or summative assessment, and provide immediate feedback. The questions are designed to assess what you have learnt, and challenge your ability to apply concepts, and analyse and evaluate information.
Each module has its own assessment plan, and some include written assignments, student form participation and online presentations. Students are also required to complete practical components, including webinars and supervised clinical elements.
The Iconic Health Academy Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine is designed to be delivered over 3 years; it is offered in a full time format, which is delivered over 18 months, and a part time format, which is delivered over 36 months.
To ensure currency of information, students are required to complete their studies within 6 years.
The Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine is structured to include the following Modules, which may also contribute to other courses:
Sample Format of our Modules
|AP1||100||Anatomy and Physiology 1||4|
|HSF||Bridg.||Health Sciences, Foundations||0|
|NP||100||Natural Health Philosophy||4|
|AP2||100||Anatomy and Physiology 2||4|
|CT1||200||Critical Thinking 1||4|
|AFM||200||Applied Food as Medicine||4|
|FW||100||Food for Wellness||4|
|TFM||200||Traditional Food as Medicine||4|
|FS||200||Food Health & Safety||4|
|MP||200||Microbiology & Public Health||4|
|BA||200||Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture||4|
|BCNut||300||Biochemistry for Nutritionists||4|
|CPNUM1||300||Clinical Practice (NUM) 1 (Log Book)||8|
|DD1||300||Differential Diagnosis 1||4|
|PP||300||Public Health Practice||4|
|TPNUM1||300||Treatment Protocols (NUM) 1||4|
|CPNUM2||300||Clinical Practice (NUM) 2 (Log Book)||8|
|CSE||300||Clinical Safety and Exit Exam||4|
|CT2||300||Critical Thinking 2||4|
|DD2||300||Differential Diagnosis 2||4|
|TPNUM2||300||Treatment Protocols (NUM) 2||4|
|Total Credit Points||144|
The full time course will be delivered online, two modules at a time. Two bridging courses are also included, Health Sciences, Foundations and Chemistry, Foundations, to set students up for success. You will be required to pass each pair of modules, before advancing to the next. Modules are delivered in the following pairs:
|Health Sciences, Foundations||Natural Health Philosophy|
|Medical Terminology||Nutrition 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology 1||Professional Development|
|Chemistry, Foundations||Critical Thinking 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology 2||Practical Counselling|
|Food for Wellness||Pathology|
|Clinical Studies||Traditional Food as Medicine|
|Applied Food as Medicine||Tissue Salts|
|Nutrition 3||Microbiology & Public Health|
|Clinic Administration||Clinical Practice (NUM) 1 (Log Book)|
|Biochemistry for Nutritionists||Food Health & Safety|
|Differential Diagnosis 1||Treatment Protocols (NUM) 1|
|Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture||Public Health Practice|
|Clinical Practice (NUM) 2 (Log Book)||Practice Management|
|Differential Diagnosis 2||Treatment Protocols (NUM) 2|
|Clinical Safety and Exit Exam||Critical Thinking 2|
NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.
The part time course will be delivered online, one module at a time. Two bridging courses are also included, Health Sciences, Foundations and Chemistry, Foundations, to set students up for success. You will be required to pass each module, before advancing to the next module. Modules are delivered in this order:
|Natural Health Philosophy|
|Health Sciences, Foundations|
|Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|Critical Thinking 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|Food for Wellness|
|Traditional Food as Medicine|
|Applied Food as Medicine|
|Microbiology & Public Health|
|Clinical Practice (NUM) 1 (Log Book)|
|Biochemistry for Nutritionists|
|Food Health & Safety|
|Differential Diagnosis 1|
|Treatment Protocols (NUM) 1|
|Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture|
|Public Health Practice|
|Clinical Practice (NUM) 2 (Log Book)|
|Differential Diagnosis 2|
|Treatment Protocols (NUM) 2|
|Critical Thinking 2|
|Clinical Safety and Exit Exam|
NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.
Anatomy and Physiology 1
This module introduces students to the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body, including the chemical, cellular and tissue levels of organisation. Students will also learn about the structure and specialised functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems, as well as gaining a basic overview of human metabolism.
Anatomy and Physiology 2
This module follows AP1, providing information on the structure and specialised functions of the lymphatic, immune, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. Key concepts associated with fluid, electrolyte and acid-base homeostasis are also introduced.
Applied Food as Medicine
This module follows on from Food for Wellness, building on the therapeutic potential of food and providing students with a sound knowledge base necessary to implement healthy whole food into everyday life. It incorporates both theoretical and practical aspects of whole food cooking, including special diets, menu planning, and food safety and hygiene considerations.
This module teaches chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It provides a basic understanding of biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.
Biochemistry for Nutritionists
Building on the Biochemistry module, students will gain a deeper understanding of the biochemistry and metabolism of various micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other special nutrients, in order to predict the physiological effects of nutritional therapy.
Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture
This module explores the environmental and health impacts of modern agricultural practices, as well as the benefits of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to human health and society at large. Various sustainable farming designs, including organic and biodynamic practices, permaculture and aquaculture will be discussed.
This module introduces basic chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It will provide an introduction to biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.
Clinical Practice (NUM) 1
This is the first of two modules which are managed via a student log book, which includes checklists designed to give students practical experience within a real or simulated operational clinical practice setting. CPNUM1 students will progress through reception duties, clinic dispensary duties. Students will observe other consulting practitioners and/or students. They may also undertake mock consultations with peers. They will assist in developing treatment protocols to client needs with respect to current evidence. Students will also explore how to write effective referral letters, as well as critically analyse claims of therapeutic actions of natural therapies. By the end of this module, students will start to engage in health consultations with clients, to propose his/her own treatment protocols. Under direct supervision, students will prescribe appropriate therapies and educate their clients with regard to natural medicine philosophy and evidence-based practice. They will learn to recognise limits of competency and identify when referrals to other health practitioners are appropriate.
Clinical Practice (NUM) 2
This is the second of two modules which are managed via a student log book, which includes checklists designed to give students practical experience within a real or simulated operational clinical practice setting. CPNUM2 students may continue to undertake mock consultations with peers. They will assist in developing treatment protocols and applying knowledge of appropriate modalities to client needs with respect to current evidence. Under direct supervision, students will prescribe appropriate therapies and educate their clients with regard to natural medicine philosophy and evidence-based practice. They will learn to recognise limits of competency and identify when referrals to other health practitioners are appropriate.
Clinical Safety and Exit Exam
This module focuses on safety in practice, including prioritisation and appropriate action with respect to red flag signs and symptoms, a review of CAM-drug interactions and restricted herbs in pregnancy, interpretation of pathology test results, and communication with medical practitioners. Students will expand and cultivate their clinical reasoning capabilities by working through real clinical cases. The exit exam is the final assessment for all degrees (non-accredited) awarded by the college, and can only be attempted when all other course work and assessments have been satisfactorily completed.
The Clinical Studies module will teach students case-taking and diagnostic skills in order to carry out a thorough health assessment. A range of diagnostic and examination techniques pertaining to all systems of the body will be discussed.
Critical Thinking 1
In this module, students will explore the theoretical assumptions underpinning quantitative and qualitative evidence and utilise an appraisal framework to evaluate the quality of research. They will learn to identify bias in research and to communicate their findings within a team setting. Academic writing sills, referencing styles and plagiarism will also be discussed.
Critical Thinking 2
This module follows on from CT1, further developing critical appraisal skills. Students will learn to search for studies based on a hierarchy of evidence and implement a systematic approach to the management of information. They will develop further skills in the review and assessment of scientific literature.
Differential Diagnosis 1
This module integrates the knowledge gained in the previous biological science modules to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. Based on their clinical findings, students will learn to understand likely underlying pathology and prognoses, and decide on appropriate further investigations and referrals. This module will cover differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal, hepatic, metabolic, integumentary, immune, respiratory and urinary tract disorders.
Differential Diagnosis 2
This module follows DD1, to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. This module will cover differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive disorders.
Food for Wellness
In this module, students will explore the evidence for the therapeutic benefits and health outcomes of a balanced whole food diet. Food culture is explored across various ethnic groups and religions, and topics including traditional dietary paradigms, modern food production and genetic modification will also be discussed. Most sessions include insights into specific beneficial foods.
Food Health & Safety
Exploring food regulation, labelling and transportation, this module also encompasses genetic modification, industrial food processing, food adulteration and the use of additives in the context of food health and safety.
Health Sciences, Foundations
HSF is a self-paced learning module for students without prior human biology studies. It introduces the structure and function of the human body and the major body systems, together with an introduction to pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.
Specifically designed to teach students to effectively and efficiently communicate with other health professionals, this module analyses the structure of medical terms, diagnostic tests and referrals.
Microbiology & Public Health
Beginning with the history and chemical principles of microbiology, this module discusses the classification and nomenclature of microorganisms, with consideration of the effects of their lifecycles and pathogenicity. Food- and water-borne pathogens, and microbial diseases of specific body systems, will also be covered.
Natural Health Philosophy
Exploring the cultural origins, philosophies and historical development of modern day natural therapies, this module will outline the philosophical foundations of natural medicine and provide an overview of various modalities. Theories and applications of specific natural therapies are compared with each other and biomedical practice.
This module provides a broad overview of nutrition, including an introduction to macro- and micro-nutrients, energy requirements, exogenous factors affecting nutrition, and dietary guidelines. The student will learn how to perform a basic nutritional assessment, and to plan and implement dietary modifications based on healthy eating guidelines. We will also look at nutrition in respect to different life stages, weight management and food reactions.
Expanding on NU1, Nutrition 2 provides students with an in-depth look into specific micro- and macro-nutrients, including their food sources, physiological function, metabolism, and deficiency and excess symptoms. Students will explore therapeutic applications of nutrients and rationales for supplementation, as well as gaining an understanding of current TGA regulations.
In this module, students will design and evaluate individualised nutritional treatment plans in the clinical management of obesity, eating disorders, sports nutrition and selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, hepatic, integumentary and immune systems with respect to current evidence. Popular diets and drug-food-nutrient interactions are also examined.
In Nutrition 4, students will design and evaluate individualised nutritional treatment plans for pre-conception, infertility and pregnancy, wellness and longevity, and selected disorders of the respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, reproductive and urinary systems. Socioeconomic factors and cultural diversity are taken into consideration, and likely outcomes of treatment predicted.
Integrating knowledge of anatomy and physiology, students will learn to apply knowledge of pathological processes to clinical outcomes. Diseases states are identified and discussed in terms of their effects on cell structure and function, as well as their underlying risk factors. Appropriate pathological tests and the interpretation of their results are also discussed.
Pharmacological principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics are applied to define drug actions and interactions. Students will learn to classify drugs according to mechanisms of action and reflect upon the legal and ethical responsibilities of practitioners and the media.
In this practical module, various counselling theories will be explored and applied to different situations and personality types. Students will discuss the impact of judgement and compassion in the therapeutic encounter, as well as analyse case studies, in which they will learn to recommend therapies and identify warning signs that may indicate the need for referral.
This module will develop awareness of the necessary factors involved in operating a complementary medicine practice, including financial considerations, taxation requirements, record keeping, legal issues, implementation of systems, policies & procedures, and statutory & regulatory requirements. Students will create a business plan, formulate marketing strategies and materials for use in practice, and learn the basics of managing human resources.
In this module, we will explore techniques for effective communication, including the use of micro-skills, to enable students to develop oral and written communication skills to enhance the therapeutic encounter. We will also discuss self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation and social psychology, as well as professional boundaries and legal and ethical considerations.
Public Health Practice
In this module, students will explore the determinants of health and illness among different population groups and critically evaluate common public health practices, including Australian public health policy. They will also establish a framework for public health practices and health promotion.
After introducing the historical development of tissue salts and mineral therapy, we discuss their benefits, roles and limitations within the field of nutritional healing. Students will learn to identify mineral deficiencies and needs, and the main actions and indications of each of the twelve tissue salts are described in depth. Using case studies, the principles and methods for managing acute and chronic conditions in patients of differing age and physiological states using tissue salt and mineral therapy is determined with respect to current evidence.
Traditional Food as Medicine
This module will explore the food selection and eating practices of selected cultures around the world and discuss how factors such as geographical location influence these practices. The utilisation of food as medicine by different cultures will be analysed and integrated into modern nutritional therapy practice.
Treatment Protocols (NUM) 1
This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based nutritional medicine treatment protocols for gastro-intestinal, hepatic, integumentary, immune, respiratory, urinary tract and metabolic conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.
Treatment Protocols (NUM) 2
This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based nutritional medicine treatment protocols for musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.