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. 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 Toward Adopting and Using Telemedicine: National Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Hum Factors. 2022 Nov 4;9(4):e41499. doi: 10.2196/41499. PMID: 36257609. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36257609/
  1. 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, Abu Tawileh R, 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 Nov 8;22(1):767. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03822-9. PMID: 36348324.
  1. Khamaiseh, A. ., Al Hadid, L. ., Barmawi, M. ., AlAzzam, M. ., & Taha, H. . (2022). Predictors and Components in the Academic Motivation of Nursing Students during the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jordan. Jordan Medical Journal56(3). https://jjournals.ju.edu.jo/index.php/JMJ/article/view/363
  1. 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.   


  1. 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  


  1. 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/
  1.  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.


  1.  Taha H, Al Saqer JK, Al Harbi NR, Younis RN, Al Dawoud FD, Nawaiseh MB. Patients’ perceptions about medical students’ involvement in their health care at a teaching hospital in Jordan: A cross sectional study. JMIR Preprints. 10/02/2021:27870. https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/27870
  1. 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
  1. 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/
  1. 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/
  1. 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/
  1. 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/
  1. Alkhaldi SM, Yaseen NA, Bataineh EA, Al-Rawashdeh B, Albadaineh MA, Mubarak SM, Jaras RE, Taha HA. Patterns of antibiotic prescribing and appropriateness for respiratory tract infections in a teaching hospital in Jordan. Int J Clin Pract. 2021 Jun;75(6):e14113. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.14113. Epub 2021 Mar 3. PMID: 33629481. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33629481/
  1. Taha, H., Al-Jaghbeer, M., Al Sabbagh, M., Al Omari, L., Berggren, V. (2019). 'Knowledge and Practices of Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Examinations in Jordan: A Cross Sectional Study', Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 20(3), pp. 831-838. doi: 10.31557/APJCP.2019.20.3.831
  1. 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
  1. 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:HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.18502/AJNE.V3I3.3670
  1. R Radi, U Isleem, L Al Omari, O Alimoğlu, H Ankarali & H Taha: Attitudes and barriers towards using complementary and alternative medicine among university students in Jordan, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2018. 41: 175-179 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2018.09.012.
  1. 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. doi:10.5455/jbh.20180113083311
  1. Alkhaldi SM, Khatatbeh MM, Berggren VE, Taha HA: Knowledge and Attitudes   Toward Mandatory Premarital Screening Among University Students in North Jordan. Hemoglobin 2016, 28:1-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26821551
  1. Taha H, Jaghbeer MA, Shteiwi M, Alkhadi S, Berggren V: Knowledge and Perceptions about Colorectal Cancer in Jordan: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 2015, 16, 8479- 86. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26745105 
  1. 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, 14:428 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-428 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4031932/
  1. 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 Women's Health 2013, 13:41 doi:10.1186/1472-6874-13-41.  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/13/41/abstract 
  1. 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 
  1. 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 Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 2010, 11(5):1167-1173.   


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