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

Healthcare Fundamentals and Digital Health Trends (Understanding Healthcare) (Wintersemester 2021/2022)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Übung
  • Belegungsart: Brückenmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 30

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

Digital Health MA


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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

Table of contents

  • Characteristics of Class Meetings/Lectures: Block, once a week Thursdays
  • Date and Time: starting 11/04/2021 from 11am
  • Location: Please note: class will be digitally via zoom
  • Software or Materials Required: None
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Grading: 50% Team Assignment, 50% written exam






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


  • Team assignment including student presentation: 50% of the final grade.
  • Written final exam: (45 minutes, MC format): 50% of the final grade.


Block on Thursdays (starting 04 November 2021)

11am-12.30pm + 1:30-3pm

Class will be digitally via zoom.
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

Please register for all material and zoom details at openHPI