Digital Public Health

Digital Public Health (DPH) aims to extend healthy lifespans, prevent or alleviate disease and promote physical, mental, and social well-being by using information and communication technologies for equitable distribution and efficient use. In contrast to digital health, DPH focuses on population groups and less on the individual perspective. DPH thus expands a strongly medical-functional understanding of digital health technologies and includes aspects of population health for health behaviours and living conditions. As an omnipresent transformation, DPH is a relevant topic for Health in All Policies (HiAP). The consequences of technology are examined from a social, ethical, care practice, and health perspective, and (health) policy framework conditions have to be shaped actively.

Goals of the working group

  • To define, systematise and communicate fields of action and convergences for digitalisation and public health.
  • To discuss current research in the field of Digital Public Health and intensify networks for current initiatives
  • To exchange experiences and competencies for teaching
  • To initiate and support projects for further development of Digital Public Health
  • To establish networks to promote digital public health research and practice.


Laura Maaß (Speaker)
Universität Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen

Prof. Dr. Christoph Dockweiler (Deputy)
Universität Siegen
Department Digitale Gesundheitswissenschaften und Biomedizin