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

Health and Disease Core Competencies (Wintersemester 2021/2022)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
  • 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:  Block once a week (Mondays)

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


Overview of topics (modifications possible)


Please note:  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)


Block Course Monday afternoon, starting 25 October 2021

Lecture #1:  1:30-3pm
Lecture #2:  3:15-4:45 pm

Class will be digitally via zoom.
Please register to the course platform on openHPI for all materials and zoom details (please contact jasmin.cirillo(at)hpi.de for registration after course start)

For those on campus: If desired, room G2.2. U 10-14 (computer pool room in the basement) can be used in order not to follow the lecture from home