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

Health and Disease Core Competencies (Wintersemester 2020/2021)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.-20.11.2020
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Übung
  • Belegungsart: Brückenmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health MA


Syllabus Health and Disease Core Competencies

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. The course imparts a working knowledge in systems medicine, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, evidence-based medicine and good clinical practice, and health behavior. A second teaching block is designed to cover topics in mental health and neuropsychiatric diseases, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, rehabilitation and physiotherapy, and selected topics highlighting chronic diseases, infectious disorders, and acute care. Students will learn to comprehend, assess and apply health and disease-related information in making and communicating decisions in the digital health context.

Characteristics of Class Meetings/Lectures: Twice a week (Wednesdays) – 25 Lectures

Learning Objectives:     

  • Understand the concepts, definitions, and terms differentiating 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
  • Ability to assess scope and sustainable benefits of digital tools, applications, and information in health behavior, prevention and management of disease

Please note: due to the current situation class will be digitally via zoom


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

Final Exam: 90 minutes written exam (MC questions) on February 10, 2021.


Block Course Wednesday morning, starting (expected) 11/04/2020,

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

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