Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

21st Century Health Care Businesses: Regulatory, Legal, and Public Policy Aspects (Wintersemester 2023/2024)

Lecturer: Guest Professor Ariel D Stern (Digital Health - Personalized Medicine)

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 2
  • Credits: 3
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.10.2023 - 31.10.2023
  • Examination time §9 (4) BAMA-O: 22.03.2024
  • Teaching Form: Seminar
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Module
  • Course Language: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 20

Programs, Module Groups & Modules

Digital Health MA
  • Digital Health
    • HPI-DH-EC Ethics, Law and Compliance for Digital Health
IT-Systems Engineering MA


This course will provide an overview of key issues for those interested in working in, launching, studying, and collaborating with modern health care companies, such as those creating or supporting precision medicines, digital health applications, medical software, and novel health care delivery models. The course will provide insight into the regulatory, legal, and public policy frameworks that impact such businesses and discuss how institutions influence innovation and entrepreneurship in health care.

The course will consist of a mix of lectures, guest lectures, and (case) discussions. Participation will be a component of the course evaluation, so attendance is strongly encouraged. It is expected that the first lecture will take place via Zoom so that logistical information can be recorded and so that the course introduction and other course details will remain available for reference. Subsequent sections are expected to take place in-person. We will, of course, always have an option to move class online, should it be necessary from a public health perspective. Professor Stern will offer office hours by appointment (both virtually and in-person on class days).


A week-by-week outline of course topics is included below. Readings will be posted weekly on the openHPI course room and will be clearly labeled as “optional” or “required”.


Students enrolled in this course will be evaluated on the following components:

  • Participation during in-class discussions (20%)
  • Small group presentation (“in the news” – deep dive into one current topic or business)  (30%)
  • DiGA (digital health application) study design exercise participation (10%)
  • Final examination; multiple choice and short answer questions (40%)


Block in March, 18. - 22.03.2024

room G1.E15/16