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

Healthcare Fundamentals and Digital Health Trends (Understanding Healthcare) (Wintersemester 2020/2021)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2020- 20.11.2020
  • 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 of healthcare systems and the interplay of stakeholders, complemented by an in-depth view of various healthcare industries and digital health trends and applications. In the second block “Public and Global Health, Digital Health Trends”, students will be introduced to roles, actors, policies and examples in public health and global health. 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:
    • o Describe and discuss fundamental building blocks of healthcare systems and their roles, actors, organizations and policies
      o Identify and interpret the role and impact of healthcare industries in healthcare systems and digital health trends/applications
      o Recognize and explain public health, the global health framework, its organizations and regulations and describe opportunities and challenges for digital health solutions in global health issues
      o Examine and evaluate the impact and interplay of actors, policies and organizations in creating and implementing digital solutions
      o Analyze and assess opportunities and challenges for digital health solutions and create conceptual foundations for winning solutions

  • Characteristics of Class Meetings/Lectures: Block, once a week
  • Date and Time: Thursdays 11am-12:30pm + 13:30pm-15pm
  • Location: Please note:due to the current situation class will be digitally via zoom
  • 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


MC format

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, MC format


Block on Thursdays, expected start 11/05/20

#1 11:00h-12:30h
#2 13.30-15:00h

Class will be digitally via zoom.
To get the link to zoom meetings and openHPI course room,
please register before 11/03/2020 via  jasmin.cirillo