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Digital Health | Master

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The progressive digitalization of the medical field will continue to dramatically alter the health care landscape in the years to come. Technical innovations in the fields of hardware and software will allow more personalized prevention, more precise diagnoses, and more tailored therapies - which will mean better healthcare and lower costs in the long run. The Hasso Plattner Institute has brought research and teaching in die Digital Health Center, as well as stakeholders from the fields of medicine an IT.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameDigital Health
DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study
4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instruction
English
Start of study (1st semester)
Winter semester
CampusGriebnitzsee

Program Content

The Digital Health master's program covers the basic concepts and methods of IT systems engineering and data engineering, and the basics of medicine, as well as providing an understanding of different healthcare systems.

Along with an excellent professional education in IT systems engineereing, the Digital Engineering Faculty places great importance on teaching the interdisciplinary and key competencies (soft skills) that play a vital role in the successful management of large networked IT projects. The subject of entrepreneurship and the innovation methodology of Design Thinking are established components of the curriculum.

Portrait Prof. Böttger

Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger, Initiator of the degree program

"Digitalization opens up a broad array of possibilities for improving quality and efficiency in healthcare. There are exciting professional fields opening up at the interface between IT, computer science and medicine, and we are preparing our students for this, with the greatest possible relation to practical experience."

Course Objective and Future Career Options

The interdisciplinary English-language master's program in digital health is aimed at computer science and medical students who want to work as highly qualified experts in the health sector, at the interface between IT, computer science, and medicine. Master's graduates can apply their interdisciplinary skills to leadership roles in research or industry in a variety of ways. The healthcare and health management sectors offer exciting and "future-proof" career perspectives for graduates.

Prerequisites for Master's Studies

Applying for a master's degree generally requires that you hold an undergraduate degree, such as a bachelor's degree. Your first degree should be in a subject that is relevant to this course of study, for example in IT systems engineering, computer science, bioinformatics, medicine, medical science or pharmacology. In order to participate in the "Digital Health" master's degree program, you will also need English skills commensurate with the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You can read more about the subject-specific admission requirements in the respective Admission Regulations.

Program Structure

The Master of Science in Digital Health is a four-semester program at the Faculty of Digital Engineering, a faculty jointly founded by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the University of Potsdam (UP).

During their studies, students acquire the skills to analyze, design, and implement complex and secure IT systems and infrastructures in the healthcare field. They futher deal with ethical and legal issues of relevance to the design of health systems.

Portrait Prof. Böttger

Prof. Dr. Erwin Böttinger, Initiator of the degree program

"Digitalization opens up a broad array of possibilities for improving quality and efficiency in healthcare. There are exciting professional fields opening up at the interface between IT, computer science and medicine, and we are preparing our students for this, with the greatest possible relation to practical experience."

COURSE CONTENT AND CREDIT POINTS

Modules

Credit points

Mandatory modules36 CP

Health Systems and Sciences for Digital Health

Software Architectures for Digital Health

Ethics, Law and Compliance for Digital Health

Digital Health Business and Process Transformation

Digital Health Project Lab

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

12 CP

Elective modules
42 CP

1st area of specialization
A total of two out of four areas of specialization (18 CP each) must be completed.

Scalable Computing and Algorithms for Digital Health
Concepts and Methods
Technologies and Tools
Specialization

Digitalization of Clinical and Research Processes
Concepts and Methods
Technologies and Tools
Specialization

Acquisition, Processing and Analysis of Health Data
Concepts and Methods
Technologies and Tools
Specialization

Health Data Security
Concepts and Methods
Technologies and Tools
Specialization

2nd elective module
Only one out of four modules (6 CP each) must be completed
.

Communication Skills
Management and Leadership
Design Thinking Basic
Design Thinking Advanced
Bridge modules or additional elective modules
12 CP
Principles of IT Systems
Fundamentals of Programming
Introduction Principles in Medicine
Fundamentals of Healthcare Systems

 

Master's Thesis 30 CP
Total120 CP

Contact

Hasso-Plattner-Institute

Prof. Dr. Holger Giese | Departmental Advising

 

Griebnitzsee Campus
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3, Zi. A-2.6

Advantages at a Glance

Study programs at the Faculty of Digital Engineering jointly founded by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the University of Potsdam have a strong practical focus. HPI has always held a top spot in the CHE University Ranking in Germany. HPI unites research and teaching at its new Digital Health Center. The private funding of the Institute by the co-founder of SAP Hasso Plattner has made it possible to create an optimal study and work environment. At HPI, students learn in small groups with the close support of their professors, lecturers, and teaching assistants. State-of-the-art computer technology, attractive seminar rooms, and a well-equipped campus mean that student life at HPI is easy und enjoyable.

There are many opportunities for a semester abroad as well as for internships. You are enrolled at the University of Potsdam and your degree is conferred by this university.

Application

Have you decided to study the English-language Master's program in Digital Health at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step on the application pages to find out more about current application and enrollment procedures.

Our information sites and departemental advisory office can help with any questions you have about university studies: www.hpi.de/studium and www.hpi.de/studienberatung.

Contact

Hasso-Plattner-Institute

Prof. Dr. Holger Giese | Departmental Advising

 

Griebnitzsee Campus
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3, Zi. A-2.6

This description is based in part on information from the subject-specific regulations for a master's degree in digital health at the University of Potsdam dated December 13, 2017 (Ambek No. 04/2018, p. 194).