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  • Prof. Orna Baron Epel

    Prof. Orna Baron Epel

    HEAD OF School of Public Health
    School of Public Health
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Professor Orna Baron - Epel, lecturer at Haifa University, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health School of Public Health.

Trend: Health Promotion


  • M.P.H. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ph.D. Tel Aviv University

Research Areas: social factors that affect health (social epidemiology), health promotion, health education, prevention of injuries, health behaviors, health literacy.

Head of the Center for Evaluation of Health Promotion Interventions. (Center web page)


Articles in Refereed Journals

Last 6 years

Baron-Epel, O. (2010). Attitudes and beliefs associated with mammography in a multi-ethnic population in Israel. Health Education and Behavior, 37(2); 227-242.

Baron-Epel, O. Kaplan, G. Weinstein, R. Green SM. (2010). Extreme and acquiescence bias in a bi-ethnic population. European Journal of Public Health, 20(5);543-8.

Baron-Epel, O., Kaplan, G., Moran, M. (2010). Perceived discrimination and health related quality of life among Arabs, immigrants and veteran Jews in Israel. BMC Public Health, 10;282.

Bränström R, Chang YM, Kasparian N, Affleck P, Tibben A, Aspinwall LG, Azizi E, Baron-Epel O, Battistuzzi L, Bruno W, Chan M, Cuellar F, Debniak T, Pjanova D, Ertmański S, Figl A, Gonzalez M, Hayward NK, Hocevar M, Kanetsky PA, Leaf SL, van Nieuwpoort FA, Heisele O, Palmer J, Peric B, Puig S, Ruffin AD, Schadendorf D, Gruis NA, Brandberg Y, Newton-Bishop J. (2010). Melanoma risk factors, perceived threat and intentional tanning: an international online survey. European Journal Cancer Prevention, 19(3); 216-26.

Baron-Epel, O., Keinan-Boker, L., Weinstein, R., Shohat, T. (2010). Persistent high rates of smoking among Israeli Arab males with concomitant decrease in rate among Jews. Israel Medical Association Journal, 12(12); 732-737.

Moran, M., Baron-Epel O. Assi N. (2010). Causes of road accidents as perceived by Arabs in Israel: A qualitative study.   Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology & Behaviour, 13(6); 377-387.

Bränström R, Kasparian NA, Chang YM, Affleck P, Tibben A, Aspinwall LG, Azizi E, Baron-Epel O, Battistuzzi L, Bergman W, Bruno W, Chan M, Cuellar F, Debniak T, Pjanova D, Ertmanski S, Figl A, Gonzalez M, Hayward NK, Hocevar M, Kanetsky PA, Leachman SA, Heisele O, Palmer J, Peric B, Puig S, Schadendorf D, Gruis NA, Newton-Bishop J, Brandberg Y. (2010). Predictors of sun protection behaviors and severe sunburn in an international online study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prevention, 19(9);2199-210.

Bränström, R., Kasparian, N.A., Affleck, P., Tibben,A., Chang, Y.M., Azizi, E., Baron-Epel, O., Bergman, W., Chan, M., Davies, J., Ingvar, C., Kanetsky, P.A., van Leeuwen, E., Olsson, H., Gruis, N.A., Brandberg, Y., Newton-Bishop, J. (2012). Perceptions of genetic research and testing among members of families with an increased risk of malignant melanoma. European Journal of Cancer, 48(16);3052-62.

Baron-Epel, O., Bord S, Madjar B, Habib, S. Rishpon S. (2012). What lies behind the low rates of vaccinations among nurses who treat infants? Vaccine, 30(21); 3151-3154.

Bisharat, B., $Hafi L., Baron-Epel, O., Armaly, Z.,  Bowirrat, A. (2012). Pharmacist counseling to cardiac patients in Israel prior to discharge from hospital contribute to increasing patient's medication adherence closing gaps and improving outcomes. Journal of Translational Medicine, 10:34.

Kasparian, NA, Bränström, R, Chang, Y-M, Affleck, P, Aspinwall LG, Tibben A, Azizi E, Baron-Epel O, Battistuzzi L, Bruno W, Chan M, Cuellar F,Dębniak T, Pjanova D, Ertmański S, Figl A, Gonzalez M, Hayward NK, Hocevar M, Kanetsky PA, Leachman S, Bergman W, Heisele O, Palmer J, Peric B, Puig S, Schadendorf D, Gruis NA, Newton-Bishop J, Brandberg Y. and members of GenoMEL, the Melanoma Genetics Consortium. (2012). Skin examination behavior: The role of melanoma history, skin type, psychosocial factors, and region of residence in determining clinical and self-conducted skin examination. Archives of Dermatology, 148(10);1142-1151.

Baron-Epel, O., Satran, C., Cohen V., Drach-Zehavi, A., Hovell FM. (2012). Smoking ban fails in Israeli pubs and bars:  Analysis guided by the behavioral Ecological Model. Israel Journal of Health policy Research, 1;28.

Keinan-Boker, L., Baron-Epel, O., Fishler, Y., Liphshitz, I., Barchana, M., Dichtiar, R., Goodman, M. (2013). Breast cancer trends in Israeli Jewish and Arab women, 1996-2007. European Journal of Cancer Prevention,  22(2); 112-120.

Baron-Epel, O., Magid, A., Bord, S., Assi, N., Klein, M., Levi, S. (2013). Child restraint safety practices among Arab children in Israel. Traffic Injury Prevention,  14(2):194-197.

Khir, O., Baron-Epel, O. (2013). Low rates of child restraint system use in cars may be due to fatalistic beliefs and other factors. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 16; 53-59.

Baron-Epel, O., Madjar, B., Grifat, R., Rishpon S. (2013). Trust and the demand for autonomy may explain the low rates of immunizations among nurses. Human Vaccine & immunotherapy, 9(1);100-107.

Sznitman, S.R.,  Baron-Epel, O. Keinan-Boker, L. (2013). Convergence of Drinking Patterns of Young Russian Immigrants and Veteran Israelis Decades after Mass Immigration – Results from a Bidirectional Acculturation model. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(3);437-446.

Kaplan, G., Baron-Epel, O. (2013). The public's priorities in health services. Health Expectations. doi: 10.1111/hex.12064. Published online 2013 Apr 3.

Endevelt, R, Baron-Epel, O. Viner, A.  Heymann, A.D. (2013). Socioeconomic status and gender affects utilization of medical nutrition therapy. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice,  101; 20-27. doi:pii: S0168-8227(13)00167-8. 10.1016/j.diabres.2013.04.011. Published online May 20 2013.

Shehadeh-Sheeny, A., Eilat-Tsanani, S., Bishara, E., Baron-Epel, O. (2013). Knowledge and health literacy are not associated with osteoporotic medication adherence, however income is, in Arab postmenopausal women. Patient Education and Counseling, 93(2); 282-288.

Avraham, Z. Baron-Epel, O.,  Keinan-Boker, L.  (2014). The relationship between passive smoking, breast cancer risk and N-Acetyl-transferase 2 (NAT2). Harefoa. 153(3-4); 171-175. Hebrew.

Satran, C., Drach-Zahavy, A., Hammond, KS., Baron-Epel, O. (2014). Implementing the ban on smoking in Israeli pubs: Measuring airborne nicotine and enforcement by local authorities. Global Health Promotion. 21(2); 7-14.

Obeid S., Gitelman V., Baron-Epel, O. (2014). The Relationship between Social Capital and Traffic Law Violations: Israeli Arabs as a Case Study. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 71; 273-285.

Zlotnick, C.  Baron-Epel. O., Zusman, S.P. Keinan-Boker, L. (2014).  Trends and predictors of primary dental care health services for adults in Israel. Community Dental Health, 31(4); 212-218.

Sznitman, S.R., Bord, S., Elias, W., Gesser-Edelsburg, A., Shiftan, Y.,  Baron-Epel, O. (2014). Examining Differences in Drinking Patterns among Jewish and Arab University Students in Israel. Ethnicity and Health. Sep 26: 1-17

Baron-Epel, O., Ivancovsky, M. (2015). A socio-ecological model for unintentional injuries in minorities: A case study of Arab Israeli children. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion . 22(1), 48-56.DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2013.855794.

Baron-Epel, O. Shalata, W., Hovell, HF. (2015). Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking in Three Israeli Adult Populations. Israel Medical Association Journal, 17, 282-287.

Baron-Epel, O., Bord, S., Elias, W., Zarecki, C., Shiftan, Y., Geser -Edelsberg, A. (2015). Alcohol consumption among Arabs in Israel: A qualitative study. Substance Use & Misuse, 50(2); 268-273. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2014.962051 ,

Magid, A., Leibovitch-Zur, S., Baron-Epel, O. (2015). Increased inequality in mortality from road crashes among Arabs and Jews in Israel. Traffic Injury Prevention. 16, 42-47.

Kaplan, G., Baron-Epel, O. (2015). Personal Needs versus National Needs?        

Public attitudes regarding health care priorities at the personal and national level. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. 4:15. DOI: 10.1186/s13584-015-0010-2

Baron-Epel, O. Heymann, A., Fridman, N., Kaplan, G., (2015). Development of an unsupportive social interaction scale for patients with diabetes. Patient Preference and Adherence. 9, 1033-1041.

Moran, M., Goldblatt, R., Plaut, P., Endevelt,  R., Baron-Epel, O. (2015). The Socioeconomic and Spatial Dimensions of Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: The Case of Arab and Jewish Towns in Israel. Journal of Environment and Health Sciences.1(2), 1-12.

Baron-Epel, O., Hofstetter, CR., Irvin, VL., Kang, L., Hovell, MF. (2015). Lifestyle behaviors predict negative and positive changes in self-reported health: the role of immigration to the U.S. for Koreans. Asian Pacific Journal of Public Health. 27(7), 775-784.

Neter E., Brainin, E., Baron-Epel, O. (2016). Health literacy and eHealth literacy; structure, association and group differences. European Health Psychologist. 17 (6), 275-280.

Tesler R, Harel-Fisch Y, Baron-Epel O. (2016). School health promotion policies and adolescent risk behaviors in Israel: a multilevel analysis. Journal School Health. 86, 435-443.

Kaplan, G., Baron-Epel, O. (2016). Decision-makers' acquaintance with the public's priorities in health services.  Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. 5:32.

Baron-Epel, O., Obid  S., Fertig, S., Gitelman. V. (2016). Perceived descriptive safety-related driving norms within and outside Arab towns and villages in Israel. Traffic Injury Prevention. 17(1), 51-57.

Berardi, V., Bellettiere, J., Nativ, O., Slezak, L., Hovell, F.M., Baron-Epel, O. (2016). Fatalism, Diabetes Management Outcomes, and the Role of Religiosity. Health and Religion, 55(2), 602-617.

Baron-Epel, O., Berardi, V., Bellettiere, J., Shalata, W. (2016).  The relation between discrimination, sense of coherence and health varies according to ethnicity; a study among three distinct populations in Israel. Journal of Immigration and Minority Health. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0449-4

Moran, M., Baron-Epel, O., Plaut, P. (2016). Do children walk where they bike? Exploring built environment correlates of children's walking and bicycling. Journal of Transportation and Land Use. 9(2), 1-23.

Levin-Zamir, D., El Hayani, A., Baron-Epel, O. (2016). The relationship between health literacy, health behavior, socio-economic indicators and self-assessed health in a national adult sample in Israel. Journal of Health Communication.  21, sup2, 61-68.

Heymann, A., O. Fridman, N., Kaplan, G., Baron-Epel, O. (2016). Unsupportive social interactions are associated with Poorer Self-Reported Health in Israeli patients with diabetes. American Journal of Health Behavior. 40(5), 645-651.

Elias, W., Bord, S., Baron-Epel, O., Geser -Edelsberg, A., Shiftan, Y., (2017). Factors influencing the decision to engage in alcohol-impaired driving among Arab-Israeli youths. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 44, 180-191.

Sznitman S., Bord, S., Elias, W., Geser -Edelsberg, A., Shiftan, Y., Baron-Epel, O. (2017). Examining the Sociocultural Sensitivity of Subjective Drunkenness: Comparing Arab and Jewish Israeli Pub Patrons. Drug and Alcohol Review. Accepted

Amit-Aharon, A., Nehama, H., Rishpon, S., Baron-Epel, O. (2017). Parents with high levels of communicative and critical health literacy are less likely to vaccinate their children. Patient Education and Counseling. Accepted