Bachelor of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine


Programme Description

The Department of Complementary Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences will be offering new and unique professional programs in complementary medicine from 2020, which will allow for comprehensive theoretical and practical training in the disciplines of acupuncture, homeopathy, and phytotherapy.

Complementary medicine refers to a broad set of health care practices that are not part of a country's traditional or conventional medicinal approach, but may be used independently or alongside such therapies. Complementary medicine professions in South Africa consist of a diverse range of disciplines including phytotherapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

The BHSc CM is a four-year, (APS 26) full-time course that offers training in acupuncture therapeutics, as well as electives in the fields of homeopathy or phytotherapy. Acupuncture is a system of healing originating in China, and acupuncturists employ specific techniques, such as needling and moxibustion, in the treatment of various ailments. The BHSc CM seeks to produce a graduate competent to apply and integrate theoretical principles, evidence-based techniques, practical exposure, and appropriate skills under supervision. Graduates of the Bachelor's program will be eligible to register with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) as an acupuncture therapist.

At the University of Johannesburg “The Future. Reimagined.” is not simply a catchy phrase

The institution is taking the lead across Africa in the 4th Industrial Revolution Thinking, reimagining the future for all disciplines 4IR is the next wave of industrialization that we need to understand and shape in order to build the future of this country – and the Africa continent – so richly deserve. 4IR is not just about robotics and automation; it is about the advancement of society to empower people and uplift generations.

As the world moves forward into the 4th industrial revolution, so does UJ with “Education 4IR” – bringing 4IR thinking and technology into the curriculum across different courses and using innovative blended-learning technologies. This means that UJ graduates are better prepared to embrace the future of business and industry as AI and 4IR play a bigger part in the way we live and work.

At the University of Johannesburg, it is our duty to embrace and navigate the future leaders of our country proudly and boldly through the unimagined complexities of 4IR so that they may take full advantage and deliver a better tomorrow. Future leaders like you! Here we are leading courageous conversation; pushing and shaping the design of a new tomorrow. Here we are taking action and building the new world.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum APS: 26
  • English: 5 (60%+)
  • Mathematics: 4 (50%+)
  • Mathematics Literacy: Not applicable
  • Physical Sciences: 4 (50%+)  or Life Sciences: 4 (50%+)

Applicants are required to attend an interview and clinic visit as a component of the selection process. Successful applicants are required to complete the master of Health Sciences in Complementary Medicine to comply with minimum registration requirements of AHPCSA for Homeopathy or Phytotherapy. 

Career Opportunities

  • acupuncturists
  • health and wellness industry
  • patient-services coordinator within a multidisciplinary practice
  • retail and pharmacy assistants
  • health and lifestyle journalists

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read Less