Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen


‘Digitalization permeates every aspect of life and will transform public health’. Such phrases are ubiquitous and underline the key challenge in digital public health: the use of digital technology is driven by technical opportunities rather than by demands. While this can lead to useful applications, it can also lead to technologies that fail to realize the key objectives of evidence-based public health and pose novel ethical, sociocultural and equity-related challenges.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus Bremen Digital Public Health (LSC DiPH) aims to develop a much-needed public health perspective on these challenges. Scientists from numerous disciplines, ranging from communication and computer sciences to public health, law and philosophy cooperate in this research network. Its activities focus on three key outcomes: a systematic framework to integrate digital technology into public health, guidance on developing digital technology for public health problems as well as the scope and methods for the systematic evaluation of digital technology in public health. Central to the LSC is the Early Career Researcher Academy (ECRA), providing promotion and support activities for digital public health scientists in early career stages.

Funding period

Begin:   August 2019
End:   July 2024


  • Leibniz Association


Prof. Dr. med. Hajo Zeeb


Project website

Selected project-related publications

    Articles with peer-review

  • Maaß L, Pan C-C, Freye M. Mapping digital public health interventions among existing digital technologies and internet-based interventions to maintain and improve population health in practice: Protocol for a scoping review. JMIR Research Protocols. 2022;11(3):e33404.
  • Sina E, Boakye D, Christianson L, Ahrens W, Hebestreit A. Social media and children's and adolescents' diets: A systematic review of the underlying social and physiological mechanisms. Advances in Nutrition. 2022;13(3):913-937.
  • Wienert J, Zeeb H. Implementing health apps for digital public health - An implementation science approach adopting the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Frontiers in Public Health. 2021;9:610237.
  • Zeeb H, Pigeot I, Schüz B. Digital Public Health - Ein Überblick. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2020;63(2):137-144.
  • Articles without peer-review

  • Darmann-Finck I, Rothgang H, Zeeb H. Digitalisierung und Gesundheitswissenschaften - White Paper Digital Public Health. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2020;82(7):620-622.
  • Jahnel T, Gerhardus A, Wienert J. Digitales Contact Tracing: Dilemma zwischen Datenschutz und Public Health Nutzenbewertung. Datenschutz und Datensicherheit. 2020;44:786-790.
  • Editorials

  • Zeeb H, Wienert J, Jahnel T, Shrestha R. Editorial: Implementation of evidence-based digital health interventions to support public health. Frontiers in Public Health. 2022;10:913150.
  • Zeeb H, Pigeot I, Schüz B. Digital Public Health - Rasanter technischer Fortschritt, aber viele offene Public-Health-Fragen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2020;63(2):135-136.
  • Contributions to books and proceedings

  • Zeeb H, Wienert J, Gerhardus A. Digitale Gesundheitsversorgung. In: Lühr H, editors. Digitale Daseinsvorsorge - Bremer Gespräche zur digitalen Staatskunst. Ergebnisse des Kolloquiums im Bremer Rathaus am 24.-25. Februar 2020. Bremen: Kellner Verlag. 2020. S. 208-215
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences (invited)

  • Zeeb H. Digitalisierung, Herausforderung und Chancen für Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention. Hamburgische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gesundheitsförderung, 18. Februar 2022, Online-Vortrag.
  • Zeeb H. Reduzierung ungleich verteilter Gesundheitschancen: Welchen Beitrag kann die Digitalisierung leisten? Präventionsforum der Nationalen Präventionskonferenz, 15. September 2021, Berlin.
  • Zeeb H, Gerhardus A. Digitale Gesundheitsversorgung - Chancen und Risiken mit Blick auf die Daseinsvorsorge. Digitale Daseinsvorsorge - Bremer Gespräche zur Digitalen Staatskunst, 24.-25. Februar 2020, Bremen.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences

  • Pan C-C, Schüz B, Ahrens W. Investigating the effects of using Smartphone or Wearable Activity Tracker (SWAT) on physical activity-related behavioral and health outcomes: A systematic review protocol. ISBNPA XChange Initiative, 8-10 June 2021, online presentation.