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

Healthcare Fundamentals and Digital Health Trends (Understanding Healthcare) (Wintersemester 2019/2020)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger (Digital Health - Personalized Medicine) , Dr. Jasper zu Putlitz

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.-30.10.2019
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Übung
  • Belegungsart: Brückenmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 30

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health MA


This is a bridging module directed at students of the Master’s Programme Digital Health with IT or other non-healthcare background. The course provides knowledge of principal elements of healthcare and public health systems and global health initiatives, including their stakeholders, institutions, regulations, and functional interplay. It will equip students with a solid working knowledge of fundamentals and emerging trends in healthcare, public health, and global health. In the first block “Healthcare Systems and Industries”, students will focus on the composition and interplay of stakeholders in modern healthcare systems, including international healthcare comparisons, complemented by an in-depth view of the roles of various healthcare industries and the emerging digital health landscape. In the second block “Public and Global Health, Home Care, Digital Health Trends”, students will be introduced to roles, actors, policies and examples in public health, global health and various specialty health domains, including pharmacies, telemedicine and rehabilitation medicine – complemented by a view on artificial intelligence in healthcare and electronic health records. In this course students will learn to comprehend, assess and apply information about stakeholders and their interplay in healthcare systems, public health, global health, and specialized health domains - in context of the emerging digital health landscape.


  • Learning Objectives:
    • Describe and discuss fundamental building blocks of healthcare systems and their roles, actors, organisations and policies
    • Identify and interpret the role and impact of healthcare industries in healthcare systems and the emerging digital health landscape
    • Recognize and explain the global health framework, organisations and regulations and describe opportunities and challenges for digital health solutions in global health issues
    • Examine and evaluate the impact and interplay of actors, policies and organisations in creating and implementing digital solutions
    • Analyze and assess opportunities and challenges for telemedicine and create conceptual foundations for winning solutions
  • Characteristics of Class Meetings/Lectures: Block, once a week – 26 lectures plus final exam
  • Date and Time: Starts on Thursday, October 24, 2019; finishes on Thursday, February 6, 2020. 
    First session from 11:00am – 12:30am; second session from 13:30am – 15:00pm
  • Location: HPI, Campus I (H 2 57)
  • Software or Materials Required: None
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Grading: (final structure is dependent on the number of students enrolled)




Grade %


Assignments (Homework)


Between lectures

No grading

Requirement for admission to exam

2 can be delayed with justification

Assignments (Teamwork)


Between lectures

No grading

Requirement for admission to exam

2 can be delayed with justification








End of semester


Mixed format (MC + free text)

Written exam, 90 minutes

  1. Course Policies and Values:
  • Interactive engagement and responsibility: throughout the course, you should be prepared to be active (asking questions, making contributions to discussions) and take responsibility for your contributions
  • Inclusiveness: especially in team assignments, you should integrate with your team and practice collaborative problem solving. However, the course also requires significant self-study


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 02/13/2020


Thursdays, 11 am -12:30 pm + 13.30 pm-15pm in H 2.57 (HPI main building)

Lecture starts October 24!