Motasem Hamdan

Motasem Hamdan is a professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine. He has bachelor and master degrees in health management from Hacettepe University in Turkey between 1990-1996 and a doctoral degree in Medical and Social Science (Health Policy) from the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium in 2003. He joined Al-Quds in 1998 and was among the founding members of the School of Public Health, was a dean of public health between 2012-2019.

Prof. Hamdan is an expert in health policy and health system development and has a profound experience in the Palestinian health care system and international health organizations. He served as senior health policy advisor to the Palestinian Ministry of Health and consultant for many of national and international health organizations. He was the national program officer in the WHO office for Palestine between 2007-2011. Prof. Hamdan is an author of more than 25 peer reviewed articles, member of editorial boards of many internationally refereed journals and serves on a variety of national and international advisory boards.

1. Eskin M, Baydar N, Harlak H, Hamdan Motasem, et al. Cultural and interpersonal risk factors for suicide ideation and suicide attempts among Muslim college students from 11 nations. Journal of Affective Disorders 294 (2021) 366–374.

2. Ulrich Laaser, Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic, Motasem Hamdan, Flavia Senkubuge and Michaela Michel-Schuldt. Editorial article: Women’s Health in Low-Resourced Countries: Epidemiology, Governance, Advocacy, Capacity. Front. Public Health, 09 December 2020.

3. Mehmet Eskin, Nazlı Baydar, Mayssah El-Nayal, Nargis Asad, Isa Multazam Noor, Mohsen Rezaeian, Ahmed M. Abdel-Khalek, Fadia Al Buhairan, Hacer Harlak, Motasem Hamdan, Anwar Mechri, Ulker Isayeva, Yousef Khader, Aqeel Khan, Alaa Al Sayyari, Albaraa Khader, Bahareh Behzadi, Cennet Şafak Öztürk, Laifa Annisa Hendarmin, Murad Moosa Khan, Hazem Agha. Associations of Religiosity, Attitudes towards Suicide and Religious Coping with Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in 11 Muslim Countries. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Sep 24;265:113390. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113390.

4. Eskin M, Tran U, Carta MG, Poyrazli S, Flood C, Mechri A, Shaheen A, Janghorbani M, Khader K, Yoshimasu K, Sun JM, Kujan O, Abuidhail J, Aidoudi K, Bakhshi S, Harlak H, Moro MF, Phillips L, Hamdan Motasem, Abuderman A, Tsuno K, Voracek M. “Is individualism suicidogenic? Findings from a multi-national study of young adults from 12 countries”. Eskin M, Tran U, Carta MG, Poyrazli S, Flood C, Mechri A, Shaheen A, Janghorbani M, Khader K, Yoshimasu K, Sun JM, Kujan O, Abuidhail J, Aidoudi K, Bakhshi S, Harlak H, Moro MF, Phillips L, Hamdan Motasem, Abuderman A, Tsuno K, Voracek M. “Is individualism suicidogenic? Findings from a multi-national study of young adults from 12 countries”. Front. Psychiatry, 03 April 2020 |

5. Eskin M; Senel Poyrazli; Mosen Janghorbani; Mauro Giovanni Carta; Ulrich S; Anwar Mechri; Hamdan Motasem; et al. The Role of Religion on Suicidal Behavior, Attitudes and Psychological Distress in University Students: A Multinational Study”. Transcult Psychiatry. 2019 Feb 8:1363461518823933. doi: 10.1177/1363461518823933.

6. Elham Kateeb, Abdullah Hassan, Motasem Hamdan, Fidah Musa. Dental caries experience and related factors among a clustered random sample of students in occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study. The Lancet Volume 393, Special Issue 1S1-S55, March 2019.

7. Eskin, M., AlBuhairan, F., Rezaeian, M. Abdel-Khalek A, Harlak H, El-Nayal M, Asad N, Khan A, Mechri A, Noor IM, Motasem Hamdan, et al. Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts and Motives Among University Students in 12 Muslim-Majority Countries. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2018 Nov 29.

8. Hamdan Motasem, Saleem Abd-Raouf. Changes in patient safety culture in Palestinian public hospitals: impact of quality and patient safety initiatives and programs. J Patient Saf. 14(3):127-132, September 2018. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000522.

9. Najjar Sh, Baillien E, Vanhaecht K, Hamdan M, et al. “Similarities and differences in the associations between patient safety culture dimensions and self-reported outcomes in two different culture settings: A national cross-sectional study in Palestinian and Belgian hospitals”. BMJ Open 2018;8:e021504. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021504.

10. Hamdan M, Abu Hamra AA. Burnout among workers in emergency departments in Palestinian hospitals: Prevalence and associated factors. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Jun 15;17(1):407. doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2356-3.

11. Tucktuck M, Darkhawaja R, Areqat T, Mansour S, Giacaman R, Hamdan M. The role of non-governmental organizations in the health sector in the occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional qualitative study. The Lancet, Volume 390, Special Issue, S29, Research in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 6, August 2017. DOI:

12. Wafa’ J Zaghari, Hamdan M. Patient safety culture in Palestinian hospital pharmacies: a cross-sectional survey. The Lancet, Volume 390, S1-S42, Research in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 5, August 2017. DOI:

13. Massad S, Hamdan M, Agha H, Amr A, Donohue R. Sports Nutrition Supplement Use: Comparison between a USA and a Palestinian community. The International Journal of Science Commerce and Humanities, Volume No 5 No 2 June 2017.

14. Abu-El-Noor NI, Hamdan M, Abu-El-Noor MK, Radwan AS, Alshaer AA. Safety Culture in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Gaza Strip, Palestine: A Need for Policy Change. J Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Jan 9. pii: S0882-5963(16)30470-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2016.12.016.

15. Abu-Hamad B, Hamdan M, Al-Saqqa H. Assessment of patient safety culture in the Gaza Strip Hospitals. International Journal of Development Research. Vol. 06, Issue, 06, pp. 8135-8140, June, 2016.

16. Hamdan M. (Contributor) 50 years of professional public health workforce development. ASPHER’s 50th Anniversary Book. (Editors. Edited by: Foldspang A, Müller-Nordhorn J, Bjegovic-Mikanovic V, Otok R). The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), 2016.

17. Hamdan M. The role of the civil society in health. A Global Public Health Curriculum (2nd Edition), 2016. (Ed Ulrich Laaser, Florida Beluli). South Eastern European Journal of Public Health. Special Volume 2016. DOI: 10.4119/UNIBI/SEEJPH-2015-106

18. Eskin, M., Sun, J.-M., Abuidhail, J., Yoshimasu, K., Kujan, O., Janghorbani, M., Flood, C., Carta, M. G., Tran, U. S., Mechri, A., Hamdan, M., Poyrazli, S., Aidoudi, K., Bakhshi, S., Harlak, H., Moro, M. F., Nawafleh, H., Phillips, L., Shaheen, A., Taifour, S., Voracek, M., & Tsuno, K. Suicidal behavior and psychological distress in university students: A 12-nation study. Arch Suicide Res. 2016 Jul 2;20(3):369-88. doi: 0.1080/13811118.2015.1054055.

19. Hamdan M, Abu Hamra A (2015). Workplace violence towards workers in the emergency departments of Palestinian hospitals: A cross sectional study. Journal for Human Resources for Health, 2015 May, 7;13:28. doi: 10.1186/s12960-015-0018-2.

20. Rashed A, Hamdan M (2019). “Physicians and nurses perceptions and attitudes towards incident reporting in Palestinian hospitals”. Journal of Patient Safety. Journal of Patient Safety: September 2019 – Volume 15 – Issue 3 – p 212–217. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000218.

21. Hamdan M (2013), Measuring safety culture in Palestinian neonatal intensive care units using the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire. J Crit Care. 2013 Jul 17. pii: S0883-9441(13)00177-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2013.06.002.

22. Hamdan M, Saleem A (2013). Assessment of the patient safety culture in Palestinian public hospitals. International Journal of Quality in Health Care. 25, issue 2; pp. 1–9. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzt007

23. Najjar Sh. Hamdan M. et al (2013). Detection of adverse events using the Global Trigger Tool approach across different departments: A prospective study in two Palestinian non-governmental hospitals. Int J Qual Health Care. 2013 Dec;25(6):640-7. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzt066. Epub 2013 Oct 17.

24. Najjar S, Hamdan M, Baillien E, Vleugels A, Euwema M, Sermeus W, Bruyneel L, Vanhaecht K (2013). The Arabic of the hospital survey on patient safety culture: a psychometric evaluation in Palestinian sample. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 May 24;13:193. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-193.

25. Kitaneh M, Hamdan M (2012). Workplace violence against physician and nurses in Palestinians public hospitals: A retrospective cross-sectional study. BMC Health Services Research Journal, 12:469.

26. Hamdan M, Al-Akhras N., (2009). “House to house survey of disabilities in rural communities in the north of the West Bank”. WHO, East Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol. 15, No. 5, 2009.

27. Hamdan M, (2008). “Health policy and planning in Palestine: crossing from ambitions to realities”, Bridges Magazine, WHO West Bank and Gaza, June 2008.

28. Hamdan M., (2003). The dynamics of health policy development during transition and under uncertainty: what can be learned from the Palestinian experience? Acta Hospitalia. Issue 3/2004; pp 69-77.

29. Hamdan M., Defever M., (2003). Human resources for health in Palestine: A policy analysis. Part I: Current situation and recent developments. Health Policy. Vol 64(2): 243-259.

30. Hamdan M., Defever M., (2003). Human resources for health in Palestine: A policy analysis Part II: The process of policy formulation and implementation. Health Policy. Vol 64(2): 261-273.

31. Hamdan M., Defever M., Abdeen Z. (2003). Organising Health Care within Political Turmoil: The Palestinian Case. The International Journal for Health Planning and Management, Vol 18 (1):63-88.

32. Hamdan M., Defever M., (2002). A ‘transitional’ context for health policy development: the Palestinian case. Health Policy. Vol 59(3):193-207.

33. Defever M., Hamdan M., (2001). Who will care for you? Un-met Needs in the Health Care System. Report prepared for the King Baudouin Foundation, Brussels. ISBN: 2-87212-336-9.


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