A Natural Health Education:
Schools, Degrees and Careers
Interested in natural health education? Are you already working in a health-related field and want to improve your knowledge base with natural health courses? Or are you planning a career and curious what natural health training options are available to you, and what degrees you can earn?
Jobs in the natural health field are numerous, and as interest in holistic medicine grows, the quantity and quality of these careers are expected to increase. Holistic medicine is one of the fastest-growing areas of the medical field today. (Read more on natural health jobs here.)
Following is a brief overview of several natural health education options, which range from a natural health PhD to natural health and wellness online courses and certificate programs.
Natural Health Doctorates (PhD): While doctorate programs specifically for natural health studies are few in number, doctoral candidates can focus their concentration on natural health or holistic medicine as allowed by their learning institutions. For example, Ohio State University's School of Allied Medical Professions offers a PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, potentially a perfect fit for a natural-health focus.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND): This is typically a four-year program that prepares students to become naturopathic doctors. A bachelor's degree is often a prerequisite for the course studies and clinical work for this professional medical degree.
Doctor of Chiropractic: A professional degree intended to prepare the recipient for work in the field of study, the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine is an academic degree for chiropractors. it generally follows two or more years of study at the undergraduate level.
Masters of Science (M.S.): At many universities, students working toward a Master of Science (MS) graduate degree can choose a concentration in a health-related field. For example, at the School of Allied Medical Professions, students can concentrate on clinical nutrition in professional practice.
Bachelors of Science (B.S.): There are a great variety of four-year, undergraduate degrees in health-related fields. Even at colleges that do not focus on natural health, students can often choose coursework (or possibly transfer online courses) to build their own natural health education.
Associates Degree: Students earning associates degrees can choose health-related fields, and natural health studies where possible. They can further accentuate their coursework, knowledge and skills with certifications and degrees in specialty areas, such as massage therapy.
Distance Learning Certificates, such as the six-month Natural Health Consultant certificate course from Stratford Career Institute, are a good way to increase knowledge and credibility in the field.
Natural health education leads to great natural health jobs and career opportunities. Many choose to open private practices in naturopathic medicine, holistic nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic and other areas.
Others become herbalists, natural health consultants, educators and natural health writers.
Here are some great ideas for work from home natural health careers.
One thing that many in the field have in common is a high level of job satisfaction and a true enjoyment of their work, especially when it is truly helping others achieve optimal health and wellness.
Best of luck as you pursue your own natural health education and career!
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