Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Master's Program: Digital Health

Program overview

  • Title: Digital Health
  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Standard length of studies: 4 semesters
  • Credits: 120
  • Language of instruction: English (C1)
  • Start of studies: Winter Semester
  • Application deadline 2021: Juni 1st
  • Costs: No tuition (only University of Potsdam's semester fees)
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The progressive digitalization of the medical field will dramatically continue to alter the health care landscape in the years to come. Technical innovations in the fields of hardware and software will allow more personalized prevention, diagnoses and therapies—which will mean better healthcare and lower costs in the long run. At its new Digital Health Center, Hasso Plattner Institute bundles its research and teaching, bringing together scientists and stakeholders from the areas of IT and medicine.

You already hold a first professional, academic qualification, e.g. a bachelor’s degree, and have completed your first degree in a major that is fundamentally related to the program, such as IT systems engineering, computer science, bio-informatics, medicine, medical science, or pharmacy. You have an English language proficiency level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Are you also interested in our special study goals and course contents? Then, we look forward to receiving your application!

At HPI, students learn in small groups with the close support of their professors. It is possible for students to commence their studies in the winter semester. The eligibility of applications is determined by the Admissions Committee of the Hasso Plattner Institute.

Video: HPI Student Stories - Juan about his Digital Health Master‘s Degree

Career Perspectives for Master‘s Students

The interdisciplinary, English-language, master’s program in digital health is aimed at  computer science and medical students who want to work as highly qualified experts in the health sector, at the interface between IT, computer science and medicine.

Master’s graduates can use their interdisciplinary skills as leaders in research or business with an application focus on the health sector in multiple ways, including the areas of health economy and healthcare provision. 

Study Content

The Master of Science in Digital Health is a four-semester program at the Faculty of Digital Engineering, a faculty jointly founded by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the University of Potsdam (UP).

During their studies, students acquire the skills to analyze, design and implement complex and secure IT systems and infrastructures in the healthcare field. They further deal with ethical and legal issues of relevance in the conception of health systems.

Master’s graduates can apply their interdisciplinary skills to leadership roles in research or industry in a variety of ways. The healthcare and health management sectors offer exciting and ‘future-proof’ career perspectives for degree holders. Along with an excellent professional education in IT Systems Engineering, HPI places great importance on teaching the interdisciplinary and key competencies (soft skills) that play a vital role in the successful management of large, networked IT projects.

Entrepreneurship topics and the innovation method of Design Thinking can also be taken individually.

Modul Groups

  • Digital Health
    - Modules for analysis and development of digital health applications, collecting and processing health data, managment
  • Two Specialization Areas
    - Modules for concepts and methods, techniques and tools, and specializations 
  • Softskills
    - Communication
    - Management competencies
    - Design Thinking Basic Track
    - Design Thinking Advanced Track
  • Digital Health Project Lab
  • Master thesis

An overview of all modules of the master's program Digital Health can be found here

Compulsory Modules

DH-HS Modul Health Systems and Sciences for Digital Health

The module provides a comprehensive overview of selected areas of digital health in a national and international context. Processes, actors and care goals of digital health are examined in detail: current standards of health care, research and patient-centered treatment. The focus here is on the introduction, integration and monitoring of digital solutions.

DH-SW Modul Software Architectures for Digital Health

This module provides detailed knowledge of complex digital systems, networked software infrastructures and interoperable digital health applications. The focus here is on concrete concepts and procedures of the software development process for applications from the life sciences.

DH-DS Modul Data Science for Digital Health

The module provides an overview and understanding of the relevant subfields of Data Science with regard to Digital Health-generated data and study designs, their analysis and evaluation. The module also teaches the basics of statistical methods and data management in the field of digital health.

DH-EC Modul Ethics, Law and Compliance for Digital Health

The module defines the ethical and legal framework conditions to be observed in the design and implementation of software systems and in the handling of data from the health sector. For example, good clinical practices, handling of study data, legal requirements (e.g. eHealth legislation) and recommendations (e.g. by the German Ethics Council) are discussed. The aim is to assess the risks associated with the use of health data, to ethically and legally assess the conflict situations that arise in business and society and to prevent them by acting in a legally compliant manner.

DHBM-IT Modul Principles of IT Systems
In this bridge module, students from the health sciences learn the necessary basic knowledge of complex IT systems, operating systems, Internet and WWW, which are required within the scope of Digital Health.

DHBM-PR Modul Fundamentals of Programming
This bridge module provides basic knowledge of the programming languages, development tools, strategies and selected aspects of programming complex software systems required for Digital Health.

DHBM-PM Modul Introduction to Principles in Medicine
This module focuses on the presentation of selected basic principles and concepts of selected areas of medicine as well as the teaching of competences for the documentation of medical concerns in the field of digital health.

DHBM-HS Modul Fundamentals of Healthcare Systems
In this model the necessary basics for working in international health systems with their concrete requirements and special characteristics are imparted.

Specialization Areas

(divided into the Modules Concepts and Methods, Technologies and Tools & Specialization)

Scalable Computing and Algorithms for Digital Health (SCAD- C/T/S)
Technical concepts and innovations and their translations into daily routines in areas such as telemedicine, wearables, big data technologies and cloud computing

Digitalization of Clinical and Research Processes (DICR- C/T/S)
Digitization of clinical and research processes, taking into account data quality, reproducibility and stability

Acquisition, Processing and Analysis of Health Data (ADAP- C/T/S)
The module focuses on the entire process chain of data collection, processing and analysis. These include big data from heterogeneous data sources, data with high acquisition frequency and fast processing times.

Health Data Security (HDAS- C/T/S)
Safety-relevant aspects in the area of the use of data in the field of digital health

Evidence of knowledge in Data Science, Machine Learning, Statistical Concepts and Models or Empirical Research Processes of at least 12 LP is required. Furthermore, applicants must demonstrate programming skills in R, Python, Matlab, C++, Java or other suitable programming languages.

Digital Health Project Lab

Students work together on a selected, research-related question from the topic area of digital health. Students are actively involved in the development of new solutions and gain deep insights into the current research work in the area, thereby consolidating their scientific work and writing.

Scope of Master's Program

In order to graduate with a Master’s degree 120 credits are required.

  • 24 credit points in Digital Health
  • 12 credit points in bridge module or other additional elective modules
  • 2 selected specializations with 3 modules each (totaling 36 credits) 
    - Concepts and Methods
    - Techniques and Tools
    - Specializations
  • 6 credit points in soft skills modules
  • 12 credit points Digital Health Project Lab
  • 30 credit points Master Thesis

Further information on the IT Systems Engineering Program can found in the current Study Rules and Regulations.

Model Curriculum: Master Digital Health


Further information on application as well as study and examination regulations can be found on the page Application for the Master's Program.