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

Health and Disease Core Competencies (Wintersemester 2023/2024)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Lothar Heinz Wieler , Dr. med. Henrike Heyne (Data Analytics and Computational Statistics) , Dr. Esther-Maria Antao (Digital Global Public Health)

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 4
  • Credits: 6
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.10.2023 - 31.10.2023
  • Examination time §9 (4) BAMA-O: 31.01.2024
  • Teaching Form: Lecture / Exercise
  • Enrolment Type: Bridge Module
  • Course Language: English

Programs, Module Groups & Modules

Digital Health MA
  • Brückemodule
    • HPI-DHBM-PM Introduction to Principles in Medicine


This course addresses the bridging module “Introduction to Principles in Medicine”. It is designed to equip students entering the Digital Health Program with an informatics/digital engineering background with core competencies in comprehending and evaluating health and disease. The course imparts a working knowledge in systems medicine, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, evidence-based medicine and good clinical practice, and health behavior.
A second teaching block is designed to cover an introduction to biological processes of the healthy human body and of frequent diseases such as cardiovascular, neuropsychiatric, gastroenterological diseases and cancer; selected frequent clinical symptoms and preventive screening. Students will learn to comprehend, assess and apply health and disease-related information in making and communicating decisions in the digital health context.

Characteristics of Class Meetings/Lectures:  Block once a week (Wednesday)

Learning Objectives:     

  • Understand the concepts, definitions, and terms differentiating health and disease in the practice of medicine
  • Ability to critically assess impact of health and disease topics in engineering and implementing digital solutions
  • Critically assess impact of medical challenges and opportunities in digital health context
  • Learn to make and communicate assessments and decisions of health and disease issues in development and implementation of digital health solutions
  • Ability to assess scope and sustainable benefits of digital tools, applications, and information in health behavior, prevention and management of disease


Materials in openHPI course room, please register https://open.hpi.de/courses/hpi-dh-competencies2023


  • Team assignment including student presentation: 50% of the final grade.
  • Written final exam: (MC format): 50% of the final grade.


Wednesdays 9:15am-12:30pm