Hana Taha, Global Health Researcher

Hana Taha

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Hana Taha is a senior Global Health Researcher in the division of Caring, the Department of Neurobiology, Caring Science and Society (NVS) at Karolinska Institutet.

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My research  field is  women's health,  sexual and reproductive health and rights within a global health perspective, health system strengthening, health policy reforms and sustainable development. I published highly cited quantitative and qualitative studies about breast and colon cancer in Jordan. They were implementation research that provided data for decision-making and aimed to enhance early detection of cancer in Jordan and in the Middle East region. Please see a selected publications list below.



  1. Assaf Z, Taha H, Moonesar IA, Obeidat F, Badran EF, Al-Nabelsi M, Al Qutob R. Knowledge of Jordanian women of reproductive age who underwent bariatric surgery and its effect on birth outcomes: A cross-sectional study. 2023 Mar 17;11:20503121231158017. doi: 10.1177/20503121231158017. PMID: 36949823; PMCID: PMC10026143. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36949823/
  2. Taha HA, Al Saqer JK, Al Harbi NR, Younis RN, Al Dawoud F, Nawaiseh MB, Berggren V. Patient's Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Medical Student's Involvement in Their Healthcare at a Teaching Hospital in Jordan: A Cross Sectional Study. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2023 Mar 13;17:629-641. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S396035. PMID: 36935940; PMCID: PMC10022517. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36935940/
  3. Al Khatib O, Taha H*, Al Omari L, Al-Sabbagh MQ, Al-Ani A, Massad F, Berggren V. Workplace Violence against Health Care Providers in Emergency Departments of Public Hospitals in Jordan: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Feb 19;20(4):3675. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20043675. PMID: 36834370; PMCID: PMC9964576. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36834370/
  4. Aolymat I, Abdul Kadir L, Al Nsour M, Taha H. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Female Sexual Function in Jordan: Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Form Res. 2023 Feb 16;7:e40772. doi: 10.2196/40772. PMID: 36745774; PMCID: PMC9937107. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36745774/
  5. AlQirem L, Al-Huneidy L, Hammouri M, Taha H, Al-Somadi H, Al-Bitar F, Kitaneh R, Al-Huneidy Y, Al-Somadi H, Ashour O, Sayed F, Mohammed D, Tawileh RA, Al-Ani A. Perceived barriers towards the importance and application of medical research: a source of gender disparity among medical undergraduates. BMC Med Educ. 2022 Dec 19;22(1):879. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03964-w. Erratum for: BMC Med Educ. 2022 Nov 8;22(1):767. PMID: 36536353; PMCID: PMC9764526. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36536353/
  6. Murshidi R, Hammouri M, Taha H, Kitaneh R, Alshneikat M, Al-Qawasmeh A, Al-Oleimat A, Al-Huneidy L, Al-Huneidy Y, Al-Ani A. Knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of Jordanians towards the adopting and utilization of telemedicine: A national cross-s;ectional study. JMIR Hum Factors. 2022 Oct 6. doi: 10.2196/41499. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36257609. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36257609/
  7. Khamaiseh A, Al Hadid L, Barmawi M, AlAzzam M, Taha H. Predictors and Components in the Academic Motivation of Nursing Students during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jordan. Jordan Med. J. [Internet]. 2022 Aug. 24. https://jjournals.ju.edu.jo/index.php/JMJ/article/view/363
  8. Lami F, Elfadul M, Rashak H, Al Nsour M, Akhtar H, Khader Y, Hussein AM, Naciri M, Samy S, Ghaleb Y, Taha H, Hussein A, Ali NA, Hussein R, Ikram A, Rahman FU, Khan MM, Adam R, Ahmed AY, Afifi S. Risk Factors of COVID-19 Critical Outcomes in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Multicountry Retrospective Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2022 Mar 15;8(3):e32831. doi: 10.2196/32831. PMID: 34736222; PMCID: PMC8929409.   https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34736222/
  9. Taha, H*, Nasraween, M., Khader, Y., Al Omari, L., Al Nsour, M., Al Shdaifat, A., & Berggren, V. (2022). Microbial Load of Chicken Shawerma and the Handlers’ Compliance with Food Safety Practices in Jordan. Arab Journal of Nutrition and Exercise (AJNE), 6(1), 13–28. https://doi.org/10.18502/ajne.v6i1.10063. https://knepublishing.com/index.php/AJNE/article/view/10063/16650
  10. Al Nsour M, Chahien T, Khader Y, Amiri M, Taha H. Field Epidemiology and Public Health Research Priorities in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Delphi Technique. Front Public Health. 2021 Dec 3;9:690570. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.690570. PMID: 34926363; PMCID: PMC8678107. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34926363/
  11.  Qaisieh R, Al-Tamimi M, El-Hammuri N, Shalabi M, Kilani MM, Taha H, Al-Muhtaseb A, Alfarrajin I, Abu Shaqra M, Hamdan A. Clinical, Laboratory, and Imaging Features of COVID-19 in a Cohort of Patients: Cross-Sectional Comparative Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 Sep 21;7(9):e28005. doi: 10.2196/28005. PMID: 34081600; PMCID: PMC8457339.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34081600/
  12. Al Shdaifat A & Taha H: Characteristics of patients with coronavirus disease SARS-Cov-2 in Jordan: Retrospective cross-sectional study. Clin. Pract. (2021) 18(6) 10.4172/clinical-practice.1000457. https://www.openaccessjournals.com/articles/characteristics-of-patients-with-coronavirus-disease-sarscov2-in-jordan-retrospective-crosssectional-study.pdf
  13. Ghaleb Y, Lami F, Al Nsour M, Rashak HA, Samy S, Khader YS, Al Serouri A, BahaaEldin H, Afifi S, Elfadul M, Ikram A, Akhtar H, Hussein AM, Barkia A, Hakim H, Taha HA et al.  Mental health impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare workers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: a multi-country study. J Public Health (Oxf). 2021 Oct 11:fdab321. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdab321. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34642765; PMCID: PMC8524602. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34642765/
  14. Samy S, Lami F, Rashak HA, Al Nsour M, Eid A, Khader YS, Afifi S, Elfadul M, Ghaleb Y, Letaief H, Alaya NB, Ikram A, Akhtar H, Barkia A, Taha HA et al. Public health workers' knowledge, attitude and practice regarding COVID-19: the impact of Field Epidemiology Training Program in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. J Public Health (Oxf). 2021 Sep 27:fdab240. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdab240. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34580723; PMCID: PMC8500047. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34580723/
  15. Al-Sheyab NA, Al Nsour M, Khader YS, Yousif H, Alyahya MS, Taha H, Bardus M, Al Kattan M, Amiri M. Midwives and women's perspectives on family planning in Jordan: human rights, gender equity, decision-making and power dynamics. Heliyon. 2021 Aug 14;7(8):e07810. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07810. PMID: 34458635; PMCID: PMC8379452. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34458635/
  16. Yousef H, Al-Sheyab N, Al Nsour M, Khader Y, Al Kattan M, Bardus M, Alyahya M, Taha H, Amiri M. Perceptions Toward the Use of Digital Technology for Enhancing Family Planning Services: Focus Group Discussion With Beneficiaries and Key Informative Interview With Midwives. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jul 28;23(7):e25947. doi: 10.2196/25947. PMID: 34319250; PMCID: PMC8367154. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34319250/
  17. Alkhaldi SM, Khatatbeh MM, Berggren VE, Taha HA. Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Mandatory Premarital Screening Among University Students in North Jordan. Hemoglobin. 2016;40(2):118-24. doi: 10.3109/03630269.2015.1135159. Epub 2016 Jan 28. PMID: 26821551.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26821551
  18. Taha H, Al Jaghbeer M, Al-Sabbagh MQ, Al Omari L, Berggren V. Knowledge and Practices of Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Examinations in Jordan: A Cross Sectional Study. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2019 Mar 26;20(3):831-838. doi: 10.31557/APJCP.2019.20.3.831. PMID: 30912401; PMCID: PMC6825773. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30912401/
  19. Lana NN, Handan A, Taha H, Ali MA, Abdallah FM, Mahmoud AA, Moaath A, Islam M, Orhan A (2018). Expectations of students from a skills lab: An innovation in medical education in Jordan. Acad. J. Educ. Res. 6(2): 043-048. https://www.academiapublishing.org/journals/ajer/pdf/2018/Feb/Lana%20et%20al.pdf
  20. M Al-Nasraween, L, Al Omari, M Al-Jaghbeer, R Al-Qutob, V Berggren & H Taha*: Food Safety Knowledge among Chicken Shawerma Food Handlers in Amman- Jordan. Arab Journal of Nutrition and Exercise (AJNE) 2018, 3 ( 3). doi:10.18502/ajne.v3i3.3670 https://knepublishing.com/index.php/AJNE/article/view/3670/7643
  21. Radi R, Isleem U, Al Omari L, Alimoğlu O, Ankarali H, Taha H. Attitudes and barriers towards using complementary and alternative medicine among university students in Jordan. Complement Ther Med. 2018 Dec;41:175-179. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.09.012. Epub 2018 Sep 24. PMID: 30477835. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30477835/
  22. L Al Omari, R Radi, U Isleem, O Alimoglu, H Ankarali, V Berggren, & H Taha: Knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine among university students in Jordan. Journal of Behavioral Health, 2018.7 (2), 61- 68. 10.5455/jbh.20180113083311 https://www.jbehavioralhealth.com/articles/Knowledge%20about%20complementary%20and%20alternative%20medicine%20among%20university%20students%20in%20Jordan
  23. Alkhaldi SM, Khatatbeh MM, Berggren VE, Taha HA. Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Mandatory Premarital Screening Among University Students in North Jordan. Hemoglobin. 2016;40(2):118-24. doi: 10.3109/03630269.2015.1135159. Epub 2016 Jan 28. PMID: 26821551.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26821551
  24. Taha H, Jaghbeer MA, Shteiwi M, AlKhaldi S, Berggren V. Knowledge and Perceptions about Colorectal Cancer in Jordan. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2015;16(18):8479-86. doi: 10.7314/apjcp.2015.16.18.8479. PMID: 26745105.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26745105
  25. Taha H, Nyström L, Al-Qutob R, Berggren V, Esmaily H, Wahlström R. Home visits to improve breast health knowledge and screening practices in a less privileged area in Jordan. BMC Public Health. 2014 May 6;14:428. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-428. PMID: 24885063; PMCID: PMC4031932. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4031932/
  26. Taha H, Al-Qutob R, Nyström L, Wahlström R, Berggren V. "Would a man smell a rose then throw it away?" Jordanian men's perspectives on women's breast cancer and breast health. BMC Womens Health. 2013 Oct 25;13:41. doi: 10.1186/1472-6874-13-41. PMID: 24160268; PMCID: PMC4016416. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/13/41/abstract 
  27. Taha H, Al-Qutob R, Nyström L, Wahlström R, Berggren V: "Voices of fear and safety" women's ambivalence towards breast cancer and breast health: a qualitative study from Jordan. BMC Women’s Health 2012, 12:21. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22834874 
  28. Taha H, Halabi Y, Berggren V, Jaouni S, Nyström L, Al-Qutob R, Wahlström R. Educational intervention to improve breast health knowledge among women in Jordan. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2010;11(5):1167-73. PMID: 21198258.   https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21198258/


Pedagogiska meriter

Dr. Taha has unique skills for developing effective teaching curricula and designing state -of- the- art public health courses for undergraduate and master programs.

The courses I taught for medical students, Nursing students  and MSc of public Health students at the University of Jordan and Karolinska institutet:

  1. Medical ethics
  2. Non communicable diseases
  3. Global Health online course
  4. Disasters and emergency preparedeness
  5. Immigrants health and human rights   
  6. Epidemiology 
  7. Public health research methods 
  8. Medical statistics 
  9. Community medicine
  10. Qualitative research
  11. Health systems
  12. Health financing
  13. Health policy
  14. Health programs planning, monitoring and evaluation 
  15. Comprehensive primary healthcare  in cluding maternal and child healthcare


PhD in Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet

MSc, Global Health, Karolinska Institutet