Certificate in Brain Health

Certificate in Brain Health

Gain an understanding of the brain and explore how lifestyle choices impact this remarkable organ. This course offers techniques and insights based on recent scientific studies about fostering health, happiness and well-being to support a healthy brain.
6 Weeks Access / 10 Course Hrs
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The brain is an amazing organ. It receives information through the five senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. It's affected by virtually every aspect of your life, including your moods, your activities, how well you sleep, your stress levels, and the foods you eat. In this innovative course, you'll gain insights into the amazing brain and explore how to support health and happiness through lifestyle choices that impact this remarkable organ.

Based on recent scientific studies, this course offers techniques and insights about how these and other aspects of life can support the healthy brain. This course is perfect for healthcare professionals and nurses or anyone who wants to better understand how supporting brain health can foster health, happiness, and wellbeing. (10 contact hours)


ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in all states.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.


The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.


The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).


ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the NCBDE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). NCBDE does not approve continuing education.

NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors)

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #107194).


ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. (Provider Number 451562-11)

Expiration Date: 10/1/2020

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Understanding the Basics: The goal of this course is to describe the components of the nervous system; describe the structures and functions of the brain; explain the functions of the two hemispheres of the brain; explain the role of neuron connections, synapses, and neurotransmitters; describe the effect of normal aging on the brain; describe the role of brain imaging and gene studies in the identification of neurological disorders; examine the effects of genes and the environment; and differentiate between current theories of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and epigenetics.

The hidden power of everyday positive experiences can change your brain and change your life. Everyone wants to be happy and healthy. The goal of this course is to describe how happiness, positive experiences, and emotions affect the brain. The relationship between happiness and neuroplasticity, determinants of happiness, happiness assessment tools, and practices to increase happiness will be examined.

Engaging in musical activity (such as listening to or creating music) involves almost every region of the brain as well as the mind, thoughts, and spirit. The goal of this course is to describe the elements of and principles of sound; discuss how music engages the whole brain; identify the whole-body benefits of music; and examine the physiological and psychological effects of music.

Exciting research is showing that a regular practice of meditation causes physical changes in the brain that can be beneficial to mental and physical health. Meditation can also change the way the brain functions. The goal of this course is to examine current neuroscience research and the effects of meditation on brain waves, identify meditation techniques to enhance brain health, and explore the psychological and physiological effects of meditation.

Sleep quality affects people's mental and physical health in ways science is just beginning to understand. The goal of this course is to explore the effects of sleep on brain health. The role of sleep in health, the impact of sleep deprivation on health, the stages of sleep, and conventional and integrative therapies for improving sleep will be discussed.

Play is vital to human beings and it is an essential component of a healthy life. The goal of this course is to examine the impact that play has on the brain and overall well-being. This course discusses the importance of play in human development; discusses the qualities and characteristics of play; explores the types of play and play personalities; identifies the health benefits of play; and lists ways to incorporate play into everyday life.

Individuals' lifestyles can have a powerful impact on the health of their body and mind. The goal of this course is to examine the effects of brain health on specific lifestyle factors including stress, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, and nature.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Java. Click here to download Java.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, accreditation consultation, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author (with Caroline Young) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.

Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author (with Cyndie Koopsen) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.


Best online course I have ever done. I have learned such a variety of issues and how to protect our brains and hopefully improve on what I can, i.e. build more grey matter by mindful meditation, improve nutrition and how you explained even details like what are free radicals, what they do at the molecular levels and how antioxidants help combat them. I plan on taking more of your courses in the future!

This course gave me a deeper understanding of the brain and how it affects overall health; therefore, I will better inform my clients of the way their lifestyle, via sleep, drug addiction, and stress to name a few impairs their brain functioning, which in turn impairs their health. As a counselor, I was previously aware of the way the brain behaves in accordance to lifestyle factors; however, I am now fully aware of the way said lifestyles change the brain, and as such causes the brain to change its signal transmission.

In my opinion this is the best online education I have done so far.

I am a currently undergoing cancer treatment that required chemotherapy. This can cause what is known as 'chemo brain' or chemo fog. I wanted to take this course as part of my healing and to learn how to promote healing in my brain - essentially increasing its neuroplasticity. I found the content of this course was interesting and well presented. The instructors were responsive and went beyond what was required to offer my additional information relevant to my quest for knowledge. Great experience. Thank you.

I enrolled in this course because my elderly father is experiencing the onset of dementia and now my mother is having memory problems. This course was presented so well and the volume of information is fabulous. All the lessons, especially the last, provided me with information that I've accepted as an ultimatum on improving my health and ways that I might make life a little bit better for my parents. Thank you so much for offering this course.

I learned a lot from your classes. I wish I had learned a lot of these facts before my children were born and before I raised them. At any rate, I'm very happy that I have had the opportunity to read and learn about how one can continue to change the brain even if it this point it's not at its optimal state.

I am currently a college student who is looking to major in Psychology at Penn State. I have always been intrigued with neuroscience but I also loved the idea of Business Psychology. I took this course to really help me decide if I wanted to take the Neuroscience path, which ended up being an absolute YES! I have learned so much in this course and it was challenging. I am happy to say that because of this I will be able to strive for my goal knowing I picked the right path.

I am doing this courses to take care my self, because I am 51 years old and is hard to find doctors who's wanted spend time talking with patients and I going to make my day including more wisdom with the knowledge from this course, thanks a lot to all your team, specially to miss Cyndie Koopsen and Caroline Young.

First and foremost I want to express how much I enjoyed this class. It was a full course meal with dessert. Thank you for sharing this info and class with me. Thank you for making it available to me as well as others. I have been empowered with this class having been made available to me. Thanks Again!

This was a very informative and knowledge increasing course, not only learning the parts of the brain but how our brain health can be improved and what is not good for its health. Great instructors discussions, up to date, current research is much appreciated in the references!