Human Health Sciences

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:13)

Candidates for the CHC certification exam are required to have knowledge of the signs and symptoms of human disease; candidates must provide documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of pathology training and a college level anatomy/physiology course. While the CHC recognizes that many of the candidates for the exam are not licensed and do not diagnose any condition their clients may have, this knowledge is crucial for competent practice of homeopathy. The safety of the client and quality of care that can be provided is the highest priority for any practitioner, and only with appropriate health science knowledge can this be achieved.

All practitioners, licensed or unlicensed, must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of potentially serious or life-threatening illness, and be able to assess the appropriateness of homeopathy and other therapeutics, as well as the practitioner's own limitations of competence, in those situations for the safety and benefit of the client. Every practitioner must understand the normal symptoms of common pathologies in order to identify individualizing and characteristic symptoms in the client that are so important to effective homeopathic remedy selection. In order to effectively manage client cases, an understanding of the normal progression of the pathology is necessary so that it is possible to tell whether, and in what ways, the client is improving. Each practitioner should have knowledge of medical terminology, clinical pathophysiology and therapeutics sufficient to allow the practitioner to interface with clients and other CAM practitioners.

The following recommendations are provided to ensure that the candidates are prepared to perform well on the health sciences portion of the CHC exam. The CHC ethical guidelines require that each practitioner must work within his/her level of capability and training; by providing this list of pathologies for applicants to study, the CHC does not in any way assert that any candidate who has become certified is prepared to work with all of these disease conditions. Each practitioner should seek appropriate mentoring and guidance when working with any disease condition new to his/her experience to assure that the transition from factual knowledge to clinical application is appropriate for the client.

Each candidate for the CHC exam is expected to have knowledge of the following pathologies, as recommended by the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA). Obviously, with the breadth of pathology listed here, any specific version of the Health Sciences exam will not ask questions about all of it. As with the homeopathic remedies for the Materia Medica section of the exam, any of the remedies listed could be covered on the exam, and only a subset of them will be queried on any particular exam version. However the candidate is greatly benefited by the acquisition of the knowledge and review in all areas that study for the exam requires, as this creates a more robust knowledge base for practice.

Pathologies are arranged in the table (available for download) by body system, and by typical presentation as urgent/acute complaints or routine/chronic complaints. There is inevitably overlap between both the body system involved and the nature of the complaint. Acute exacerbation of chronic complaints can appear as urgent; complaints have been listed here as they are most likely to appear and in a body system most affected. The arrangement here is only to minimize duplication, allow an orderly way to provide a coherent list and offer a suggestion for organization of study. For each item listed, the candidate should know the typical signs and symptoms, as well as the typical predisposing conditions and usual progression of disease. Although it is not tested on the exam, it is also recommended that each candidate be familiar with (or be able to readily research) typical diagnostic tests and therapeutics related to each condition, as this will be useful information in daily practice. This information is available in the Health Sciences recommended texts listed for exam preparation; many reliable and well-written websites also have excellent information on these pathologies, such as:

www.webmd.com

www.mayoclinic.com

www.cdc.gov