8 March 2021

Investigations and Management of Headache and Facial Pain

Learn to optimize diagnostic reports and contribute to the future development and validation of new diagnostic initiatives on a scientific basis. 

Headache research

The content of the course is structured to develop your understanding of the imaging methods and other laboratory tests that are used in the work-up of primary headache diagnosis or when suspecting a secondary headache condition.

We will also cover laboratory tests that may be used to subcategorize primary headaches. The course will describe the treatment principles and strategies for primary headaches and trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial neuralgias.

Treatment principles of medication-overuse headache, idiopathic intracranial hypertension and other important secondary headache will also be covered.  Treatment modalities that are covered include non-pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, neurostimulation and neurosurgical procedures. Novel treatment modalities and future development will also be covered.












During the course, you will acquire knowledge and insight into existing and new examination methods, relevance for the individual patient, sources of error and opportunities. You will gain knowledge on the highest international level about basic and clinical pharmacology, the background for medical treatment and the correct use of medicine for headache patients.

The course will give a review the operate intervention in trigeminal neuralgia and use of neuromodulation for acute and preventive treatment for primary headache types. Moreover, you will learn to set an optimal and relevant programme of examination for all the primary and secondary types of headache and facial pain. Considerations will be made for various international healthcare systems and optimal use of available resources.

You will be able to initiate and maintain optimal treatment in the acute phase as well as prevention, and learn how to assess and adjust treatment response over time. Furthermore, you will learn to assess and critically discuss scientific articles about examination and treatment.

On completion of the course, you should be able to optimize diagnostic reports and contribute to the future development and validation of new diagnostic initiatives. Moreover, you will learn to perform, initiate and participate in new types of treatment on a scientific basis, to initiate new types of examination. Lastly, you will be able to help and develop national and international treatment guidelines.











Course details
Duration: 5 weeks; 5 days on campus
Dates: 8 March - 9 April 2021 (e-learning) and 
12-16 April 2021 (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

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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