15 June 2019

Epidemiology and Diagnosis of Headache and Facial Pain

Patient and headache specialists

The content of the course has been chosen and structured to 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.

Teaching and learning methods

The First four weeks is a part-time online course with online lessons, discussions and quizzes and self-study activities. It will be followed by a week of full-time lectures, discussions, group work, and exercises in Copenhagen.

The teaching methods will include a combination of interactive lectures, group exercises, case studies, journal clubs, essay and computer-based (electronic) learning exercises (WIKIs). Using the KU Canvass platform or similar for upload of learning materials will allow team work for reading, interpreting and discussing selected scientific articles and cases.


The course covers the following topics :

  • Epidemiology and headache classification
  • Clinical presentation, primary headache types and painful cranial neuropathies
  • Secondary headache types including acute headaches
  • Headache in children, the elderly and pregnant women
  • Differential diagnoses and societal perspectives and social consequences of headache
  • General health implication and prevention of headache disability.

What will you gain?

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. Furthermore, 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 e 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 at campus

5-30 October 2020 (e-learning) and  
2-6 November 2020 (campus)

Course fee:

EU/EEA citizens: 10,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens: 15,100 DKK

Credit: 7,5 ECTS
Examination: Exam date 
Application deadline:

Master of Headache Disorders: 1 May 2020
Course: 8 weeks prior to course start

Important: Admission criteria 

Download course curriculum (www.courses.ku.dk)