5 October 2020

Epidemiology and Diagnosis of Headache and Facial Pain

Develop your understanding of the epidemiology and global burden of headache as well as diagnosis and clinical features of headache disorders.


The course will provide you with an introduction to headache as a collection of complex neurological disorders that impact significantly as a patient and societal burden. Epidemiological studies will be selected for detailed methodological discussions and strengths and limitations will be emphasized.

The course will also cover the background for and the organization of the ICHD-3 classification system and its use and applicability in the clinical setting.

Headache in children, in the elderly and in relation to hormones and pregnancy will be covered as well as headache in the emergency room and the possible differential diagnosis and comorbidities. The complex headache patient will be discussed especially in relation to the variation of secondary headaches.






During the course, you will gain insight into the International Classification of Headache Disorders and acquire detailed knowledge about the clinical presentation of several headache types and painful cranial neuropathies.

You will acquire knowledge about the most commonly occurring comorbid conditions associated with headache disorders and certain patient categories.

The course will give insight into headache epidemiology, the consequences of headache disorders on an individual and societal level, as well as initiatives for prevention.

You will learn to make the optimal headache diagnoses, to use and analyse a headache diary correctly and to assess relevant differential diagnoses for the individual patient. Moreover, you will be able to critically assess and discuss scientific articles about epidemiology and social consequences as well as prevention strategies.

On completion of the course, you should be able to optimise the diagnostic process, contribute to future revision of the classification system on a scientific basis, initiate new epidemiological studies and develop relevant prevention strategies.









Course details
Duration: 5 days on campus
Dates: 5-30 October 2020 (e-learning) and  
2-6 November 2020 (campus)
Frequency: Only available every second year
Place: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens: 10,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens: 15,100 DKK
Payment conditions
Level and credit: Master course; 7.5 ECTS
Examination: Exam date 
Application deadline: Course: 8 weeks prior to course start
Master of Headache Disorders: 1 May 2020
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for Master of Headache Disorders 

The opening of the application period is announced via the programme newsletter.
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