Registration in South Africa grants Homeopathic practitioner’s privileges and right similar to those of medical practitioners. Homeopathic practitioners are therefore recognised as a primary contact profession and are trained diagnosticians. This being the case, only full-time training at the level of comprehensive Masters Degree in Homeopathy is recognised, thus permitting registration as a Homeopathic Doctor.
Homeopathic training in South Africa involves a five year full-time degree leading to a M. Tech. Hom., followed by a one year internship. There are currently only two tertiary institutions in South Africa that offer an M. Tech. Hom. Qualification in Homeopathy; the University of Johannesburg and Durban University of Technology.
The M. Tech. Hom consists of a five year full-time medico-scientific course in classical, clinical, modern and conventional Homeopathy as well as Homeopharmaceutics, which is a legal requirement for registration. Graduates are registered as Homeopathic practitioners only after having completed their post-graduate internship.
Medical practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) may enter for the post-graduate course offered by the SA Faculty of Homeopathy. This is s three-year part-time course in Homeopathy totalling 500 hours of classroom lecturing, plus further clinical work and home study. Graduates will be awarded the DFHom (SA). The course is only available to registered medical and Homeopathic practitioners and registered Homeopathic students. In the case of Registered Medical practitioners, the course may lead to registration as a Homeopathic Practitioner provided that the applicant has met all Council and legal requirements.
It should be noted that, whereas the vast majority of international Homeopathic Schools offer skills oriented Homeopathic training, South Africa offers professional training at a level required for the practising of Homeopathy as a primary contact health profession in accordance with the scope of practice of such a profession as a qualified Homeopath.
The following is an outline of the courses covered in the Masters Degree in Homeopathic Medicine offered at Durban University of Technology (Previously named Natal Technikon).
FIRST YEAR: Anatomy I – Theoretical Gross Anatomy, Practical Gross Anatomy, Theoretical Histology, Practical Histology, Radiographic Anatomy, Biology I, Chemistry I – Theoretical Chemistry, Practical Chemistry, Homeopathic Philosophy I, Physics I – Theoretical Physics, Practical Physics, Physiology I – Theoretical Physiology, Practical Physiology
SECOND YEAR: Anatomy II – Theoretical Gross Anatomy, Practical Gross Anatomy, Theoretical Histology, Practical Histology, Radiographic Anatomy, Biochemistry II – Theoretical Biochemistry, Practical Biochemistry, Epidemiology II (Immunology, Communicable Diseases, Parasitology) – Theoretical Epidemiology, Practical Epidemiology, General Pathology II, Medical Microbiology II – Theoretical Microbiology, Practical Microbiology, Orientative Materia Medica II, Physiology II – Theoretical Physiology, Practical Physiology, Social Studies II
THIRD YEAR: Auxillary Therapeutics III – Theoretical Auxillary Therapeutics, Practical Auxillary Therapeutics, Diagnostics III – Theoretical Diagnostics, Practical Diagnostics, Materia Medica III – Homeopathic Philosophy, Materia Medica, Psychopathology III, Systemic Pathology III – Systemic Pathology, Pharmacology
FOURTH YEAR: Clinical Homeopathy IV, Diagnostics IV – Theoretical Diagnostics, Practical Diagnostics, Homeopharmaceutics IV, Materia Medica IV, Research Methods & Techniques IV
FIFTH YEAR: Clinical Homeopathy V, Materia Medica V, Research Methods & Techniques V (Final dissertation)
INTERNSHIP: 1 Year Internship.