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(Los Angeles: July 12, 2001) Advancing the study of Homeopathy to new levels in the United States, the state of California has granted approval to the American University of Complementary Medicine (AUCM) in Los Angeles to offer a combined scholarly-clinical Ph.D. program in Homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine developed in 18th-century Germany by physician Samuel Hahnemann in which massively diluted solutions of herbs and other substances are given to patients to stimulate the life force to effect healing.

Homeopathy’s name is derived from the Greek words, homoisos, meaning “similar”, and pathos, meaning “suffering”, referring to a basic tenet in homeopathy that substances that cause certain symptoms in healthy individuals will cure those same symptoms in ill persons.

"The Doctor of Philosophy in Homeopathy builds upon the curriculum from our M.S. degree in Homeopathy, expanding and deepening the knowledge base and clinical skills of the practitioner, while training the student in research design and statistics and preparing them for advanced roles in practice, teaching, and scholarship," said Kathryn P. White, Ph.D., AUCM’s President and Chief Academic Officer.

"The 77-trimester unit Master of Science degree program in Homeopathy, which has been in existence for six years, provides education and training in homeopathic medical theory, philosophy, materia medica, repertorization, case analysis, posology, and case management," she said, "while the 68-trimester-unit Ph.D. Program provides a more intensive examination of the works of various homeopathic masters, advanced study of materia medica and case management, and trains students in methods to contribute new knowledge to the study and practice of homeopathy."

"In both the Master's and Doctoral programs, students participate in clinical internships and case seminars; however, the doctoral level internship is at an advanced level," White said.

Doctoral students also are expected to generate new knowledge to the field through the completion of a doctoral dissertation with the guidance of a doctoral committee composed of at least three faculty members with related doctoral degrees, she said.

A number of programs in the United States offer Certificate Programs in Homeopathy, but AUCM offers the only degree programs in Homeopathy in the United States at present.

Full-time students attending school three trimesters a year can complete the MS Program in Homeopathy in approximately two and one half years, provided that they enter with the appropriate prerequisite course work in the basic sciences and psychology, White said. The Ph.D. Program requires a minimum of an additional two years of study, she said.

"Actually the time it takes students to complete a Ph.D. Program is largely dependent upon how quickly they progress in designing, conducting, and writing up their dissertations," White said.

The university does permit students to attend classes part-time, she said. Students may take up to six years to finish the Master's degree program in Homeopathy and an additional four years to complete the Ph.D. Program.

White said the university was employing highly selective admissions criteria for the Ph.D. Program in Homeopathy, requiring students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or AUCM’s own Doctoral Admission Test (DAT). In addition, applicants are required to write an application essay, send in two letters of reference, and go through an extensive admissions interview.

“Because this is a combined scholarly and clinical doctorate, it is especially important that students be prepared to perform at a doctoral level in the course work and be capable of completing a doctoral dissertation,” she said.

“Doctoral course work focuses on analyzing, synthesizing, and applying theories, strategies, techniques, and practices, and on generating new knowledge,” she said. “The Ph.D. Program requires that students assess, compare, contrast, synthesize, analyze, create, develop, and/or apply various theories, techniques, practices, and strategies, usually by writing graduate level term papers and completing essay examinations.”

“The doctoral program also requires the production of an original, comprehensive, scholarly contribution to the field of Homeopathy, in the form of a dissertation,” she said. “This dissertation can be theoretical, clinical, or empirical in nature. All students also must complete course work in Research Design, Basic and Multivariate Statistics, and a research seminar critically examining the research literature in the field.”

AUCM also offers a 240-hour Homeopathic Practitioner Certificate for those who would like to study homeopathy in a less intensive manner than required for graduate work. In addition, AUCM offers several homeopathic courses in its Bachelor of Arts degree in Holistic Health.

The certificate program and the bachelor's, masters, and doctoral programs currently are offered in an “in-residence” only format. Students could be admitted and pursue the programs if they live in another city; however, they would have to travel to Los Angeles to attend weekend and extended-weekend classes and they would be at a disadvantage in not having as easy access to local faculty or library resources on campus, White said.

“The university plans to develop distance education programs within the next year; therefore, it may be possible for students to begin their studies by attending weekend classes and later to complete some course work using distance education methodology,“ White said.

“However, even when distance education is inaugurated, it is expected that students would need to travel to the campus for in-residence programs two or three times a year and they would be required to come to the campus for certain other events, such as their doctoral preliminary and final oral examinations,” she said.

"Special provisions would also have to be developed to enable students to complete their clinical training," she said.

The first group of doctoral degree students in Homeopathy are slated to begin the program in January 2002, with additional groups being admitted in May, September, and January each year, the start dates of the three trimesters.

“We anticipate that graduates of the programs will become leaders in practice, scholarship, and teaching in the field of Homeopathy in America,” White said.

Interested persons may contact the university via mail at 11543 Olympic Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90064, tel: (310) 914-4116, fax: (310) 479-3376, or via e-mail at "Curentur@flash.net". The university’s website is www.aucm.org.

Contact: Kathryn White, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Email: curentur@flash.net
Phone: (310) 914-4116