Master of Integrative Medicine

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 23 March

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International snapshot

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Duration
2 years part-time
2 years part-time
Location
Online
Online
Start date
July
June
Course code
1209310
Course abbreviation
MIntegrativeMed
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Integrative medicine (IM) is a model of healthcare where practitioners work together in interdisciplinary teams to understand and address the matrix of factors that contribute to illness in each individual. Patients are central to IM, and remain active participants in co-designing and managing their care. IM specialises in preventive medicine and treating complex and chronic conditions.

The Master of Integrative Medicine assists practitioners to more confidently practice in integrative health care teams and settings, and to prescribe interventions that facilitate behaviour change in order to support the prevention and management of chronic disease, and to improve patient outcomes.

The Master of Integrative Medicine is taught by leaders in the field and uses an evidence-based approach to examine the principles and practices of IM, including models of care, clinical reasoning, self-management, behaviour change, and strategies and interventions for preventing and managing disease. An observational placement is undertaken at the end of the degree to enable students to consolidate their understanding of IM in a real-life setting.

Integrative medicine (IM) is a model of healthcare where practitioners work together in interdisciplinary teams to understand and address the matrix of factors that contribute to illness in each individual. Patients are central to IM, and remain active participants in co-designing and managing their care. IM specialises in preventive medicine and treating complex and chronic conditions.

The Master of Integrative Medicine assists practitioners to more confidently practice in integrative health care teams and settings, and to prescribe interventions that facilitate behaviour change in order to support the prevention and management of chronic disease, and to improve patient outcomes.

The Master of Integrative Medicine is taught by leaders in the field and uses an evidence-based approach to examine the principles and practices of IM, including models of care, clinical reasoning, self-management, behaviour change, and strategies and interventions for preventing and managing disease. An observational placement is undertaken at the end of the degree to enable students to consolidate their understanding of IM in a real-life setting.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

An Australian equivalent Bachelor degree in a clinical health discipline AND two years of documented, relevant clinical experience.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students will study five core units and three elective units across the following areas: the principles and practice of integrative health care; nutritional medicine; botanical medicine; environmental medicine; integrative gastroenterology; integrative mental health; integrative women’s health; integrative reproductive health; food as medicine; lifestyle medicine; and metabolic health and management. 

Domestic students

Location Teaching period
OnlineTerm  3

International students

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
OnlineTerm  3$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)N/A

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How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying online or outside of Australia

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Integrative Medicine students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
HLTH5008Principles and Practice of Integrative Health Care: Foundations
NATM2001Botanical Medicine
NUTR2001Nutritional Medicine
HLTH6001Human Microbiome and Health
HLTH6004Psychological & Environmental Influences on Health
HLTH6002Metabolic Health and Management
HLTH6006Principles and Practice of Integrative Health Care: Application

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
NATM6005Integrative Mental Health
NATM5003Integrative Gastroenterology
NATM5006Integrative Women's Health


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search.

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

HLTH5008Principles and Practice of Integrative Health Care: Foundations
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesNil
Co-requisitesNil
Anti-requisitesNil
Enrolment restrictionsNil
NUTR2001Nutritional Medicine
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,4
Term1,4
Pre-requisitesBIOL1004 - Biological Chemistry and Human Metabolism OR BIOL2007 - Biochemistry OR be admitted to course: 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine OR 1209310 - Master of Integrative Medicine
Enrolment informationOn-campus students will be required to attend workshops online, and tutorials on-campus. Online students will be required to attend workshops and tutorials online. Students must have access to a computer and the internet to participate in online activities.
NATM2001Botanical Medicine
Term1,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term5
Term5
Pre-requisitesPHAR2001 - Introductory Pharmacology OR Admitted to 1209350 - Master of Naturopathic Medicine OR 1209310 - Master of Integrative Medicine
Enrolment informationStudents are required to attend on-campus classes and participate in online activities. Prior knowledge of chemistry and pharmacology is desirable.
HLTH6001Human Microbiome and Health
Summer Term
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2

Second Year

HLTH6002Metabolic Health and Management
Summer Term
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Summer Term
Summer Term
Enrolment informationTo participate in this online unit, students must have access to a computer and the internet. Prior knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and pathology is desirable.
HLTH6004Psychological & Environmental Influences on Health
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesNil
Co-requisitesNil
Anti-requisitesNil
Enrolment informationTo participate in this online unit, students must have access to a computer and the internet.
Enrolment restrictionsNil
Option Units
HLTH6006Principles and Practice of Integrative Health Care: Application

Not currently available



Unit groups

Option Units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
NATM6005Integrative Mental Health
NATM5003Integrative Gastroenterology
NATM5006Integrative Women's Health

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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Apply an evidence-based clinical-decision making framework using appropriate evidence and critical thinking within contemporary integrative medicine practice.

Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to investigating integrative medicine practice.

Critically and creatively evaluate and respond to actual and potential health problems impacting individuals, families and communities.

Understand and function within applicable professional competencies, scopes of practice, codes of conduct, codes of ethics, laws and policies.

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical application of pertinent integrative medicine theories and frameworks in clinical and professional contexts.

Apply an integrated body of knowledge of, and be responsive to, local and global determinants of health across a range of populations in a safe and competent manner.

Critically reflect on current skills, knowledge, attitudes and practices to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional learning.

Apply autonomy, accountability, adaptability, professional advocacy, responsibility and leadership in integrative medicine across diverse teams and settings.

Demonstrate advanced verbal and written communication skills that drive appropriate patient and population outcomes in diverse settings.

Demonstrate an ability to advocate the socio-cultural preferences, needs and values of individuals and groups across diverse settings and within interdisciplinary teams.


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used in this course including ePortfolios, essays, case studies, presentations, discussion forums, quizzes, and reviews. Each unit comprises of two to three assessment items. 

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video material, online content, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.



 

Career opportunities

The Master of Integrative Medicine, and subsequent Fellowship of Integrative Medicine with the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, provide graduates with a recognised specialisation in Integrative Medicine.

Graduates may find opportunities to practise in more diversified roles (e.g. care/team coordinator, rural generalist, health/lifestyle consultant) and in settings that may include integrative clinics or specialist centres, fitness enterprises, wellness retreats or public/community services. The qualification is also a pathway to other postgraduate offerings, academia and early career research. 

Professional placement

Students are required to complete a 24-hour observation placement at the end of their degree. The placement will be undertaken within an integrative health care setting, and will enable students to consolidate their understanding of IM in a real-life context. 

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Integrative Medicine will be eligible to apply for Fellowship with the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA).

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