CAS in Brain Health

Faculty of Medicine; Department of Neurology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern

Thank you for your interest in the CAS in Brain Health. The registration window is open until 31 October 2024 and we are looking forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please send an email to

There will be 2 identical (please only attend once) online information events:

  • Wed, 19 June 2024 5:00 PM (CEST): Zoom link
  • Tue, 01 October 2024 5:00 PM (CEST): Zoom link

The CAS in Brain Health at the University of Bern, starting in December 2024, focuses on equipping professionals with advanced skills in promoting brain health.

Covering four modules Introduction to Brain Health, Brain Disorders and its Risk Factors, Brain Health Interventions, Brain Health Implementation it aims to address neurological challenges through preventive strategies, enhancing expertise in healthcare sectors.


Degree Certificate of Advanced Studies in Brain Health, University of Bern (CAS BH Unibe)
Start 12/2024
Length December 2024 – December 2025 (part time)
Scope 15 ECTS (~375-450 working hours)
Cycle Annually
Flexible entry possible No
Single module visitable No
Place 100% Online (live online and prerecorded lectures)
Language English
Admission A (university) degree and professional experience in the healthcare sector (clinical or non-clinical) are prerequisites for admission to the study program.
Registration until 2024/10/31
Cost CHF 6'000 (scholarships available)
Special Offer Scholarships available
Organising institutions Faculty of Medicine; Department of Neurology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern
Partner Inselspital | EAN | SBHP | SFCNS

Scope and structure

The CAS programme comprises a total of at least 15 ECTS credits. It is made up of four modules, each worth 3-5 ECTS credits.
The programme covers the following topics: Introduction to Brain Health, Brain Disorders and its Risk Factors, Brain Health Interventions, Brain Health Implementation.

Goals of the course

The participants

  • understand the determinants of brain health, including physical, psychological and social factors, and can analyse their effects on brain function
  • develop a sound knowledge of various brain diseases and disorders in order to understand and apply diagnostic, preventive and treatment strategies
  • learn intervention techniques and strategies to promote brain health and can apply these to support patients' cognitive abilities and well-being
  • develop individualised action plans for improving brain health based on the knowledge and skills learnt to bring about sustainable changes in quality of life.

Didactic principals

The programme uses various teaching methods to optimally support the transfer of learning and knowledge and to ensure a lively learning culture.
In addition to imparting theory- and practice-orientated knowledge and skills, the courses offer space for reflection and discussion. The content and form of the events take into account the needs and wishes of the participants. Their specialist knowledge and experience as professionals are incorporated into the teaching and learning process.


All courses, exams, and course materials are in English.

The CAS Brain Health is structured modularly. It is comprised of 4 modules:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Brain Health
  • Module 2 – Brain Disorders and its Risk Factors
  • Module 3 – Brain Health Interventions
  • Module 4 – Brain Health Implementation

The programme administrators can include other topics.

The CAS in Brain Health is operated by the University of Bern and the Department of Neurology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern.

Organising committee

• S. Jung (Programme Director, Neurology)
• D. Tanner (Director of Studies)

International Faculty

• E. Albanese, Switzerland
• C. Bassetti, Past President EAN, Chair of International Faculty, Switzerland
• T. Berger, Austria
• I. Bègue, Switzerland
• P. Boon, President EAN, Belgium
• S. Dickson, President EBC, Sweden
• G. Dom, President EPA, Belgium
• R. Guzman, President SSNC, Switzerland
• P. Falkai, Past-President EPA, Germany
• G. Frisoni, Switzerland
• W. Grisold, President WFN, Austria
• A. Hackenberg, President SSNP, Switzerland
• A. Hofmann, USA
• J. Jaarsma, Past-President EFNA, Netherlands
• M. Leonardi, Italy
• K.-O. Loevblad, Past-President SSNR, Switzerland
• A. Lüthy, Past-President SSN, Switzerland
• M. Medina, Past-President PAFNS, Honduras
• E. Moro, President-elect EAN, France
• M. Owolabi, Nigeria
• I. Rektorova, Czech Republic
• J. Reis, France
• H. Sarikaya, Switzerland
• T. Zeltner, Past-President BAG, Switzerland
• B. Tettenborn, Switzerland
• S. Wegener, Switzerland

Local Faculty

• S. Jung (Programme Director, Neurology)
• D. Tanner (Director of Studies)
• K. Adorjan (Psychiatry)
• M. Arnold (Neurology)
• L. Bally (Endocrinology)
• T. Bremova Ertl (Neurology)
• B. Draganski (Neurology)
• T. Belser (Neurology)
• A. Frahsa (Social and Preventive Medicine)
• U. Fischer, President SNS, Switzerland
• M. Heldner (Neurology)
• M. Kaess (Psychiatry)
• A. Klein (Neuropediatrics)
• S. Klöppel (Psychiatry)
• C. Nigg (Sports Science)
• I. Penner (Neuropsychology)
• J. Schmid (Sport Psychology)
• A. Vatter (Political Science)
• A. Vicedo Cabrera (Social and Preventive Medicine)
• C. Weiss (Swiss Association of Nursing Science)
• R. Wiest (Neuroradiology)
• M. Wilhelm (Cardiology)

Prerequisites for admission to the Certificate program are

  • a (university) degree and
  • professional experience in the healthcare sector

Target group:

  • Doctors with or without specialisation
  • General practitioners
  • Psychologists and neuropsychologists
  • Sport scientists
  • Nurses
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Health care providers
  • Public Health Specialists


Exceptions regarding admission requirements may be approved by the programme director «sur dossier». 

Permission to participate in the course is decided by the programme administration upon application by the course management. There is no automatic entitlement to admission.

Application deadline

The application deadline  is October 31st, 2024.

Tuition fees

The fees are CHF 6'000. Scholarships are available.


Personal sponsor:

We encourage you to find your personal sponsor for your tuition fee. Your employer might take over some of the costs.

EAN scholarships:

The European Academy of Neurology offers different scholarship types for participants:

  • who are residents from EAN member countries and corresponding member countries
  • who come from low, lower-middle or upper-middle income countries*: 3 partial scholarships (4.000 CHF)
  • who come from high-income countries*: 3 partial scholarship (2.000 CHF)

* as defined by the World Bank

To be considered for an EAN scholarship, please read the EAN scholarship information for CAS in Brain Health programme (will be uploaded soon).