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: 15 July
  • Costs: No tuition (only University of Potsdam's semester fees)

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 summer or winter semester. The application deadline for the summer semester is 15 January, and 15 July for the winter semester. The eligibility of applications is determined by the Admissions Committee of the Hasso Plattner Institute.

*subject to approval by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture

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.

In addition, entrepreneurship topics and the innovation method of Design Thinking are an integral part of the curriculum.

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

Specialization Areas

  • Scalable Computing and Algorithms for Digital Health
  • Digitalization of Clinical and Research Processes
  • Acquisition, Processing and Analysis of Health Data
  • Health Data Security

Bridge Module

To supplement any missing knowledge, a student may be required to complete one or two bridge modules depending on his or her specific background. Barring requirements by the Examination Board, a student must successfully complete the required elective modules. 

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 the Master's Program

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

  • 24 credits in the module group Digital Health
  • 12 credits in the bridge module or other compulsory elective modules
  • 2 specialization areas with 3 modules each (totaling 36 credits):

- Conception and methods
- Techniques and tools
- Specialization

  • 6 credits in soft skills modules
  • 12 credits in the digital health project lab
  • 30 credits for the master‘s project

You can find information on the application and selection procedure, also on the current study and exam regulations at the site for the Application to the Master’s Program.

Model Curriculum: Master Digital Health