Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Health and Disease Core Competencies (Wintersemester 2019/2020)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger (Digital Health - Personalized Medicine) , Jan-Philipp Sachs (Digital Health - Personalized Medicine) , Dr. Claudia Schurmann (Digital Health - Personalized Medicine) , Ariane Morassi Sasso (Digital Health - Personalized Medicine)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.-30.10.2019
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Übung
  • Belegungsart: Brückenmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health MA


Syllabus Health and Disease Core Competencies

  • Block Course (every Wednesday morning, starting 10/23/2019)

  • Lecture #1:  9:15-10:45 am
  • Lecture #2: 11:00-12:30 am
  • Course description

    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. With the first block of the course, students will gain a working knowledge in social causes and global disparities on health, fundamentals in medical diagnosis and therapy, biological systems in medicine, taxonomy of diseases, wellness and prevention, and integrative medicine. In the second block, students will be introduced to core concepts in health behavior, mental health and neuropsychiatric diseases, and understand context and challenges in high-burden examples of selected chronic and infectious disease cases. Students will learn to comprehend, assess and apply health and disease-related information in making and communicating decisions in the digital health context.

    Learning Objectives:

  • Understand concepts and methods on 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


Prerequisite for admission to the final examination is the submission of five assignments/homework

(2 out of 5 can be delayed with justification)

Final Exam: 90 minutes written exam, mixed format (MC+free text) on February 5, 2019.


Block Course Wednesday morning, starting October 23, 2019

Lecture #1:  9:15-10:45 am

Lecture #2: 11:00-12:00 am

·  Location: HPI Campus I, , ABC Building, Room: A. 2.1