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

Applying Digital Storytelling to Global Health Issues (Sommersemester 2024)

Dozent: Irina Catrinel Craciun (Digital Global Public Health)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist:
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Pflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health MA
  • DICR: Digitalization of Clinical and Research Processes
    • HPI-DICR-C Concepts and Methods
  • DICR: Digitalization of Clinical and Research Processes
    • HPI-DICR-T Technologies and Tools
  • DICR: Digitalization of Clinical and Research Processes
    • HPI-DICR-S Specialization


Please note: First Session is on April 15!

Current global health challenges include designing interventions that enable individuals to change their risk behaviors to improve their health, target community change and involve the most vulnerable individuals and affected communities. Digital Storytelling (DST) is an emergent method in health promotion and public health. It can be used to develop culturally appropriate and community-aligned messages to promote health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. DST was shown to be effective in health education, health promotion, enhancing therapeutic effects, training of health professionals and healthy community building. Furthermore, nowadays social media is used by individuals as well as organizations to provide health information through DST (e.g., about vaccination, lifestyle changes, mental health etc.). Thus, it is relevant to learn how to design theory and evidence-based digital health stories and reflect on how to identify and cope with misinformation provided through DST.

The seminar will be a first teaching collaboration project between PD Dr. Irina Catrinel Craciun, a psychologist from the digital global public health department at HPI Potsdam, and PhD Student Jaydon Farao from Cape Town University who is a specialist in digital health storytelling for community engagement. The Seminar will be taught in English.

Learning objectives:

Students will

  • Learn about important health promotion concepts (e.g., health behavior, risk behavior, self-efficacy, social support, wellbeing) and theories (e.g., health action process approach, COM-B model, PERMA model)
  • Understand how to apply relevant health promotion concepts and theories in practice
  • Critically analyze existing digital health stories
  • Discuss how to identify and deal with misinformation provided through digital health stories
  • Reflect on ethical issues connected with digital health stories
  • Design digital storytelling interventions to promote behavior change and wellbeing at individual and community level
  • Understand how to tailor digital storytelling interventions to specific target groups (e.g., age, gender, culture, socio-economic status)

The students will develop a semester project to promote either (1) health behavior change (e.g., for patients, for illness prevention) or (2) a community health education program promoting wellbeing. The outcome of the project will be a digital health storytelling intervention that will be marked (e.g., how the chosen theoretical model or constructs were applied, the suitability for the target population, story features such as storyline, video/audio quality and style).


The course participants work in groups to develop a digital health story. The final grade is based on the presentation of the respective projects


11am-12:30pm in G1.E15/16

First Session is on April 15!