Admissions - Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Homeopathic Medicine Opportunities

The Naturopathic Medicine Program includes the study of homeopathy, and requires that students use homeopathy during their clinical training. This includes both making recommendations for short term issues and completing constitutional cases. These involve case taking, prescribing and patient follow-up under the supervision of a clinician for longer standing problems, in conjunction with an overall treatment plan.

One of the core faculty who work one-to-one with interns at our Whole Health Center is Francine Burke, DC, DNBHE. Dr. Burke is a chiropractic physician who graduated from NUHS in 1987. In addition to her diplomate in homeopathic medicine, she is certified by the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners, and is the past president of the Illinois Homeopathic Medicine Association. "It is very exciting for students to see first-hand in a clinical setting how well homeopathic medicine works - especially for patients who may not have seen results with other treatment modalities," notes Dr. Burke.


Photo of NUHS intern with Dr. Burke
Intern Lakisha Brandon explores remedies
with Dr. Francine Burke

Some students wish to further their knowledge in this area beyond the already solid curriculum. Each trimester, select interns can spend part of their week at the Center for Integral Health, near the Lombard campus. This clinic is staffed by medical doctors, as well as ND alumni of NUHS. The clinic provides primary care, with a very strong homeopathic focus. Interns can work intensively here, spending an entire day gaining experience in homeopathic treatment, and taking on more responsibility and more challenging case assignments as the term progresses.

Additionally, some of our students attend special training on their own. For several years, a group of NUHS students have attended an advance course with Dr. Andrew Saine of Montreal, who taught many of the very experienced faculty at NUHS.

Dr. Fraser Smith, assistant dean of naturopathic medicine, adds, "Homeopathic medicine is an area where expertise is built on mentored practice. We provide a solid foundation for students so that they can build their skill level having learned the correct methods of homeopathy. Once a students has begun learning homeopathy "from the roots up" to quote Dr. Saine, the sky's the limit."