New Podcast Episode

In the premiere of our Digital Public Health podcast, we delve into the depths of digital innovations in healthcare with Prof Dr Hajo Zeeb. From the origins of the term digital public health to current challenges and future prospects. Find out how technology and ethics define the field, where they rub up against each other and whether they can ultimately harmonize. Unfortunately, only in German. 

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Digital health in Germany: An edition of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt highlights future potential

The latest issue of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt focuses on the digital transformation in the healthcare sector. Under the title "Digital population-based health in Germany - examples from research at the Leibniz Science Campus Digital Public Health", groundbreaking articles are presented that shed light on the potential of digital technologies for public health.

Innovative research for a healthier future

The COVID-19 pandemic has given a major boost to digitalization in the healthcare sector, but has also revealed problems. The current issue of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt collects important findings from research on how digital technologies influence public health. From overcoming digital divides and strengthening digital health literacy to legal and ethical considerations on digital health technologies, the issue offers a comprehensive insight into current debates and progress.

"The booklet is a major step forward in the discussion on digital health in Germany. It shows how important it is for experts from different fields to work together to harness the benefits of digitalization in healthcare for everyone," says a delighted Prof. Dr Hajo Zeeb, spokesperson for the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen and Head of the Department of Prevention and Evaluation at the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS. Zeeb continues: "Digitalisation can help us to make health offers and services better and more accessible to everyone. However, we must also ensure that digital technologies are developed and used fairly and ethically so that no one is disadvantaged."

The contributions, largely influenced by the work at the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen, cover a wide range of topics. They range from the need to make digital technologies fair and inclusive to the presentation of new approaches for integrating digital solutions into healthcare and education.

Invitation to dialogue and further development

With this publication, the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen invites experts and the public to participate in the ongoing debate on the role of digitalization in healthcare. It underlines the importance of research and innovation to fully exploit the opportunities of digitalization while minimizing its risks.

For more information and access to the articles, please visit the Bundesgesundheitsblatt website.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen is one of a total of 24 ScienceCampi with a thematic focus, which serve the strategic networking of Leibniz institutes with universities and other regional partners. The aim is to create networks in order to further develop the respective research area and strengthen the scientific environment. Leibniz ScienceCampi conduct strategic research, promote interdisciplinarity in topics, projects and methods, make the respective location visible and strengthen its research profile.

The BIPS - health research in the service of people

The population is at the center of our research. As an epidemiological research institute, we see it as our task to identify the causes of health disorders and to develop new concepts for the prevention of diseases. Our research provides the basis for social decisions. It informs the population about health risks and contributes to a healthy living environment.

BIPS is a member of the Leibniz Association, which comprises 96 independent research institutes. The focus of the Leibniz Institutes ranges from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz Institutes are dedicated to socially, economically and ecologically relevant issues. Due to their national importance, the federal and state governments jointly fund the institutes of the Leibniz Association. The Leibniz Institutes employ around 21,000 people. The total budget of the institutes is more than two billion euros.

Second Report by LSC DiPH Sheds Light on Digital Health Trends in Germany

Second Report by LSC DiPH Sheds Light on Digital Health Trends in Germany

Bremen, Germany – The Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health (LSC DiPH) has released its second comprehensive study on digital health technology use in Germany. The research, led by Dr. Karina Karolina De Santis, which surveyed 1,020 individuals, focuses on the adoption rates of health-related apps and digital tools, emphasizing the importance of digital literacy in the effective use of these technologies.

The findings indicate a notable increase in the utilization of digital platforms for health management, with a particular emphasis on apps related to fitness, wellness, and disease prevention. Additionally, the study highlights the vital role of digital literacy in enabling individuals to access, understand, and apply health information effectively.

The LSC DiPH points out that while the adoption of digital health technologies presents new opportunities for health promotion, there remains a need for educational programs to improve digital health literacy across the population. This approach aims to ensure equitable access to digital health resources, thereby enhancing the potential for improved health outcomes.

The full report offers detailed insights into the study’s methodology, findings, and the implications for health policy and practice in the context of digital health.


Hajo Zeeb spricht mit Wissenschaftssenatorin Kathrin Moosdorf
Hajo Zeeb spricht mit Wissenschaftssenatorin Kathrin Moosdorf

Digital Public Health: Scientific Symposium and 2nd Phase Opening Event

The LSC DiPH Scientific Symposium and 2nd Phase Opening Event, held on January 18, 2024, at the University of Bremen and the Übersee-Museum Bremen, was a landmark occasion that highlighted the exceptional strides made in the field of digital public health. 

The event commenced with a warm welcome from Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb and Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schüz, the esteemed speakers of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen.

The symposium featured a series of enlightening presentations from renowned experts. Prof. Dr. Falko Sniehotta discussed the translation of public health evidence into policy, offering insights from England and Germany. Prof. Dr. Anna Odone explored the challenges, progress, and future directions of public health digitalization in Europe, while Prof. Dr. Tanja Schultz's emphasized in her talk the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare.

A unique feature of the event was the Flashlight talks from the Early Career Researcher Academy (ECRA), showcasing the innovative work of up-and-coming researchers in the field. This segment underscored the event's commitment to fostering new talent and ideas.

The transition into the 2nd Phase of the LSC DiPH was a focal point of discussion, reflecting on the achievements of the first phase and setting a visionary path for the future. 

The evening event at the Übersee-Museum Bremen provided a splendid backdrop for further interactions and networking. Here, the Board of Directors, along with distinguished guests like Senator Ms. Kathrin Moosdorf, Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, rector of the University of Bremen, and Dr. Bettina Böhm, Secretary General of the Leibniz Associaton, offered their insights and congratulations.

Dr. Johannes Nießen's keynote speech was a highlight, presenting his role as the head of the BZgA and the planned Prevention Institute BIPAM. The remarks from LSC DiPH partners, including Prof. Dr. Falk Hoffmann, Dr. Jochen Meyer, and Prof. Dr. Horst Hahn, added depth to the discussions, showcasing collaborative efforts across various institutions.

Throughout the event, the speakers universally praised the concept of the ECRA, which fosters collaborative research across different fields and emphasizes transfer and impact-oriented research. This approach aligns well with the overarching goals of the LSC DiPH, driving innovation and practical applications in digital public health.


Buten un Binnen reports on our M-Gender project

What support is there for migrants who suffer from dementia and their relatives? Buten un Binnen reports (in German) on our M-Gender project.

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The M-Gender project stands for "Mental Health and Gender - Development and testing of a digital intervention for health promotion among informal caregivers". Even though caring for relatives is often perceived as enriching or meaningful, it can be stressful for the caregiver. Although informal care is primarily provided by women, men are also increasingly taking on more caregiving responsibilities. For many people, informal caregiving is associated with impairments to caregivers’ health and well-being. These impairments are sometimes perceived differently by women and men, which suggests different needs in terms of health promotion.

The M-Gender project aims to identify central needs and requirements for a health promotion program for informal caregivers. For this purpose, we conducted personal interviews with caregiving women and men. The results were incorporated into the development process of a digital intervention to promote mental health among informal caregivers. The development of the intervention took place in regular workshops with users, researchers, and representatives of associations, self-help groups and healthcare providers who are committed to informal caregiving. The M-Gender project is financed by the GKV Alliance for Health and carried out in association with the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) by the Leibniz-Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS.


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