Digital health

Digital health is about the meeting between digital technology, health and society, intending to streamline and personalize healthcare. What digital health works towards is offering ”improvements in the way healthcare provision is conceived and delivered by healthcare providers through the use of information and communication technologies to monitor and improve the wellbeing and health of patients and to empower patients in the management of their health and that of their families” (Gloria Ejehiohen Iyawa et al. / Procedia Computer Science 100 ( 2016 ) 244 – 252).


Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to enable students to lead entrepreneurial projects in digital health by navigating context-specific challenges and opportunities.

Upon completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Design a needs-based innovation process for digital health product development.
  • Analyze the digital health ecosystem in general, and the role and relationship between public sector stakeholders specifically.
  • Integrate compliance with regulatory and legal frameworks into a digital health business model.
  • Evaluate how digital health can change healthcare globally and reflect on issues related to ethics and personal integrity.



This course provides students with in-depth knowledge in the field of digital health from an entrepreneurship perspective. Domains of digital health, needs-based innovation including prototyping, usability and testing as well as data management, intellectual property, reimbursement, business models, ethics and future trends will be discussed and analyzed.


Teaching and learning activities

The course uses a student-centered educational model. Factual knowledge is obtained through literature studies and lectures and is applied through practical work. The practical work consists of workshops, case studies and project work in groups. The pedagogy is based on entrepreneurial learning to create the conditions for creativity, reflection, and initiative.

Grades and form of assessment

Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

Students will be required to satisfactorily complete all of the course assessments in order to receive a passing grade
The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:

  • Individual written assignment: assesses intended learning outcomes 2, 4; constitutes 60% of total course points.
  • Written group assignment: assesses intended learning outcomes 1, 3;
    constitutes 30% of total course points.
  • Presentation of the group assignment: assesses intended learning outcomes 1, 3; constitutes 10% of total course points.

All assessment tasks are assessed on a 100-point scale.
After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course.

Attendance is mandatory.


Additional information

The course language is English.
The course is offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution: Karolinska Institutet (KI).

Literature and teaching aids

Literature will be announced in connection to the start and communicated to enrolled students.


2023-08-29 - 2023-10-26

Course type



The course runs after 5 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-3 hour sessions

Course Number

KI: 11001, SSE: 8110, KTH: CH2015


7.5 ECTS-credits

Taught At

Karolinska Institutet

Swedish Course Name

Digital hälsa