Research Cluster 1: "Framework Development for Digital Technology in Public Health"

Research Cluster 1 is developing a systematic framework for the use and evaluation of digital technologies in public health. For example, work in this cluster addresses key public health challenges by formulating models that link health outcomes and determinants. It then determines whether and how digital technologies can be integrated into the development of effective interventions.

A key challenge in research on and with digital technologies in public health is that development to date has been driven primarily by the potential of new technological developments, rather than mapping developments to important public health functions and needs - a shortcoming that is at least partly due to the lack of a systematic framework for such functions and needs from a public health perspective.

Our work in this research cluster will provide such a comprehensive framework for the development, use, and evaluation of digital technologies in public health for use in both research and applied public health practice. We will develop logic models that link health outcomes to determinants that can be addressed by digital health technologies, while outlining relevant legal, sociocultural, health equity, and technology development requirements. The framework will identify potential entry points for digital public health interventions and define common terms and shared approaches for interdisciplinary collaboration.

We will develop a digital public health framework through an iterative process, taking into account the rapid evolution of the digital health technology landscape. Stakeholder engagement throughout the development process will ensure integration of all relevant perspectives. We will apply various types of scientific studies, including systematic reviews and primary data collection, both qualitative and quantitative, as well as the development of new methods. We will develop selected use cases to identify, understand, clarify, and organize evaluation needs. The research will be participatory, involving target groups and stakeholders* in the design of the research from the outset. We will work closely with national and international researchers from different scientific disciplines, as well as with developers, users, and public health stakeholders (e.g., healthcare providers), integrating work from across the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen. Our results will be published both through scientific channels (mainly through open access publications) and through user-oriented guides on our website.


Professor Dr Hajo Zeeb
E-Mail: zeeb(at)
Tel: +49 421 21856902
Fax: +49 421 21856941

Project Office

Dr. Moritz Jöst
E-Mail: joest(at)
Tel: +49 421 21856755
Fax: +49 421 21856941


Rasmus Cloes
E-Mail: cloes(at)
Tel: +49 421 21856780
Fax: +49 421 21856941




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