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

Ethics in Digital Health and Technology (Sommersemester 2023)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Robert Ranisch (Gastdozenten oder Dozenten der Uni-Potsdam) , Dr. phil. Joschka Haltaufderheide (Gastdozenten oder Dozenten der Uni-Potsdam)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.04.2023 - 07.05.2023
  • Prüfungszeitpunkt §9 (4) BAMA-O: 15.08.2023
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Pflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

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


Note: Introduction session postponed to 24 May!

Research and development of technologies in the field of digital health offers enormous potentials. It is, however, connected to a variety of ethical and societal questions. This course will, allow students to acquire a foundational understanding of important ethical concepts in connection with technology and different concepts of technology in the context of healthcare.  Students will, then, explore different instances of health-related technologies to develop an overview on the most prevalent ethical issues. These includes ethical issues in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning in healthcare, ethical questions of privacy and Big Data and ethical questions in using physical devices. Finally, the course addresses the question of professional responsibilities and research ethics in digital technologies allowing students to critically reflect on their role as future researchers, developers, designers and creators. To this end, students will be acquainted with basic methods of identifying and analyzing ethical issues in technology (foresighting) as well as with different ways to resolve such issues and to allow responsible creation and design of technologies (e.g. ethics by design, embedded ethics).




Oral group presentation during one of the sessions and essay (2500 words) or full-term paper on an individually agreed subject.


Kick off 24 May 2023 9:15-11:30am

Room G3E15/16

Overview all appointments

  • Wednesday, 24.05., 9:15-11:30 (Intro – obligatory)
  • Wednesday, 14.06, 9:15-12:30
  • Wednesday, 21.06, 9:15-12:30
  • Wednesday, 28.06, 9:15-12:30
  • Wednesday, 05.07, 9:15-12:30
  • Wednesday, 12.07, 9:15-12:30
  • Wednesday, 19.07, 9:15-12:30
  • Wednesday, 26.07, 9:15-12:30