Self-study course: Doing health in a digitalized world (OCW)

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This self-study course was designed for anyone interested in the topic of (digital) health literacy. It is the result of a past seminar at the Ruhr University Bochum.

The seminar dealt with the question of how health is realised in a digitalised world. A praxeological perspective was taken to find out how health is practised in a digitalised world. The smartphone played an important role in this: in addition to a variety of health-related tools, such as pedometers, fitness tracking or meditation apps, the smartphone can also be used to find out about symptoms, search for a doctor and make an appointment. The seminar focused on the (non-)use of digital health technologies by students. What is (not) used when by whom, to what extent, with what goals and why?

The self-study course provides theoretical and methodological basics. The concept of (digital) health literacy is introduced and discussed critically from different perspectives. In addition to "classic" approaches, new approaches are also taught.

This project is one of the winning projects of the 28th round of the 5x5000 contest.


The aim of this course is to provide an insight into the subject and the ability to critically evaluate this concept.

  • Get to know (digital) health literacy as a concept
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the concept
  • Learn the application of approaches to operationalisation
  • Author
    Sebastian Merkel
  • Faculty
    Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Format
  • Licence

    "Selbstlernkurs: Doing health in a digitalized world - (Digitale) Gesundheitskompetenz im Alltag" by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Merkel, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

  • Date of Publication
    Wed, 04/24/2024 - 13:20 (updated on Wed, 04/24/2024 - 13:22)