Prof. Bruce Rosen

Bruce Rosen

Systems Research Group Leader and Director of the Smokler Center for Health Policy Research

Arab Population | Economics Service | Employment | Health Policy

Systems Research Group leader and Director of the Smokler Center for Health Policy Research, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.

Prof. Bruce Rosen has worked at MJB since 1986. His primary research areas are: the reform in mental health, the private-public mix, the impact of quality measurement systems and changes in large organizations in the health system. He is highly involved in the promotion of linkage between research and policy, and of international learning.  He serves as the co-editor of the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research.

Prof. Rosen holds a BA in economics from Harvard University, and an MSc and DSc in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

He can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone at 972-2-655-7430.

Journal Articles

Rosen, B., Davidovitch, N., Chodick, G., & Israeli, A. (2022). The role of Israeli researchers in the scientific literature regarding COVID-19 vaccinesIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research11, 39.

Sela, Y., Artom, T., Rosen, B., & Nissanholtz-Gannot, R. (2022). Primary Care Physicians’ Perceptions on Nurses’ Shared Responsibility for Quality of Patient Care: A SurveyInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(17), 10730.

Rosen, B., Waitzberg, R., Israeli, A., Hartal, M., & Davidovitch, N. (2021). Addressing vaccine hesitancy and access barriers to achieve persistent progress in Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination programIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research, 1043.

Rosen, B., Waitzberg, R., & Israeli, A. (2021). Israel’s rapid rollout of vaccinations for COVID-19. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 106.

Rosen, B., Schoenbaum, S.C., & Israeli, A. (2020). Opportunities for diversifying and enriching our article mix. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 9,74.

Gefen D.,  Ben-Assuli O., Stehr M., Rosen B., & Delekamp, Y. (2019). Governmental intervention in Hospital Information Exchange (HIE) Diffusion: A Quasi-experimental ARIMA interrupted time series analysis of monthly HIE patient penetration rates. European Journal of Information Systems, 28(6), 627-645. doi:10.1080/0960085X.2019.1666038

Rosen B., Israeli, A., & Schoenbaum, S. (2019). Innovation and The Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 8, 83. doi:10.1186/s13584-019-0353-1

Ashkenazi, Y., Gordon, M., & Rosen, B. (2019). Using financial incentives to attract medical residents to the periphery: The Israeli experience. Health Policy123(1), 80-86. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.10.006

Rosen, B. (2018). Expanding Canadian medicare to include a national pharmaceutical benefit while controlling expenditures: Possible lessons from Israel. Health Economics, Policy and Law13(3-4), 323-343. doi:10.1017/S174413311700041X

Rosen, B., Schoenbaum, S. C., & Israeli, A. (2018). The IJHPR’s growing scientific impact. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research7(1), 72. doi:10.1186/s13584-018-0269-1

Schuster, M., Elroy, I., & Rosen, B. (2018). How culturally competent are hospitals in Israel? Israel Journal of Health Policy Research7(1), 61. doi:10.1186/s13584-018-0255-7

Schwartzberg, E., Nathan, J. P., Rosen, B., & Marom, E. (2018). Pharmacy in Israel. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy75(1), e61. doi:10.2146/ajhp160986

Nissanholtz-Gannot, R., Rosen, B., Hirschfeld, M., & Community Nursing Study Group (2017). The changing roles of community nurses: The case of health plan nurses in Israel. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research6(1), 69. doi:10.1186/s13584-017-0197-5

Rosen, B., & Israeli, A. (2017). Updates and reflections about the IJHPR, on the eve of its seventh year. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research6(1), 70. doi:10.1186/s13584-017-0196-6

Nissanholtz-Gannot, R., Goldman, D., Rosen, B., Kay, C., & Wilf-Miron, R. (2016). How do primary care physicians perceive the role of nurses in quality measurement and improvement? The Israeli story. Frontiers in Public Health4, 124.

Rosen, B., & Israeli, A. (2016). The IJHPR celebrates five years of quality publication. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research5(1), 65. doi:10.1186/s13584-016-0126-z

Rosen, B., Waitzberg, R., & Merkur, S. (2015). Israel: Health system review. Health Systems in Transition17(6), 1-212.

Rosen, B., & Israeli, A. (2014). IJHPR comes of age. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research3(1), 45. doi:10.1186/2045-4015-3-45

Rosen, B., & Israeli, A. (2013). The IJHPR publishes its 100th article, and other momentous milestones. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research2(1), 48. doi:10.1186/2045-4015-2-48

Israeli, A., & Rosen, B. (2012). The journal’s first year of publication and the challenges ahead. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research1(1), 52. doi:10.1186/2045-4015-1-52

Nissanholtz-Gannot, R., & Rosen, B. (2012). Monitoring quality in Israeli primary care: The primary care physicians’ perspective. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research1(1), 26.

Rosen, B., & Israeli, A. (2012). Launching the Israel journal of health policy research: Why a new journal? Why now? Why open access? Israel Journal of Health Policy Research1(1), 1. doi:10.1186/2045-4015-1-1

Nirel, N., Rosen, B., Sharon, A., Blondheim, O., Sherf, M., & Cohen, A. D. (2011). OFEK virtual medical records: An evaluation of an integrated hospital-community system. Harefuah150(2), 72-78.

Nirel, N., Rosen, B., Sharon, A., Samuel, H., & Cohen, A. D. (2011). The impact of an integrated hospital-community medical information system on quality of care and medical service utilisation in primary-care clinics. Informatics for Health and Social Care36(2), 63-74. doi:10.3109/17538157.2010.535130

Rosen, B., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Gross, R., & Feldman, R. (2011). When co-payments for physician visits can affect supply as well as demand: Findings from a natural experiment in Israel’s national health insurance system. International Journal of Health Planning and Management26(2), e37. doi:10.1002/hpm.1039

Rosen, B., Pawlson, L. G., Nissenholtz, R., Benbassa, J., Porath, A., Chassin, M. R., & Landon, B. E. (2011). What the United  States could learn from Israel about improving the quality of health care. Health Affairs30(4), 764-772. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0061

Rosen, B., Porath, A., Pawlson, L. G., Chassin, M. R., & Benbassat, J. (2011). Adherence to standards of care by health maintenance organizations in Israel and the USA. International Journal for Quality in Health Care: Journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care23(1), 15-25. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzq065

Rosen, L. J., Zucker, D. M., Rosen, B. J., & Connolly, G. N. (2011). Second-hand smoke levels in Israeli bars, pubs and cafes before and after implementation of smoke-free legislation. European Journal of Public Health21(1), 15-20. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckp243

Nirel, N., Rosen, B., Sharon, A., Blondheim, O., Sherf, M., Samuel, H., & Cohen, A. D. (2010). The impact of an integrated hospital-community medical information system on quality and service utilization in hospital departments. International Journal of Medical Informatics79(9), 649-657. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2010.06.005

Rosen, B., Porath, A., Pawlson, L. G., Chassin, M. R., & Benbassat, J. (2010). Adherence to standards of care by health maintenance organizations in Israel and the USA. International Journal for Quality in Health Care23(1), 15-25.

Rosen, L., Brody, D., Zucker, D., Manor, O., Meier, M., Rosen, B., … Engelhard, D. (2010). Spreading the handwashing message: An alternative to traditional media campaigns. American Journal of Infection Control38(7), 562-564. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2009.12.013

Rosen, B., Nirel, N., Gross, R., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2009). The Israeli mental health insurance reform: A framework for a systematic and coordinated evaluation effort. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics12, S37.

Rosen, B., Nirel, N., Gross, R., Bramali, S., & Ecker, N. (2008). The Israeli mental health insurance reform. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 11(4), 201-208.

Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Rosen Bruce. (2007). Co-payments: The implications for service accessibility and equity. Law and Business6, 197-224.

Ofer, G., Greenstein, M., & Rosen, B. (2006). Selecting your surgeon: The private-public mix in public hospitals in Jerusalem; Considerations of efficiency and equity. CESifo Economic Studies52(3), 513-547. doi:10.1093/cesifo/ifl008

Ofer, G., Rosen, B., Greenstein, M., Benbassat, J., Halevy, J., & Shapira, S. (2006). Public and private patients in Jerusalem hospitals: Who operates on whom? The Israel Medical Association Journal8(4), 270-276.

Rosen, L., Manor, O., Engelhard, D., Brody, D., Rosen, B., Peleg, H., … Zucker, D. (2006). Can a handwashing intervention make a difference? Results from a randomized controlled trial in Jerusalem preschools. Preventive Medicine42(1), 27-32. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2005.09.012

Schwartz, R., & Rosen, B. (2004). The politics of evidence-based health policy-making. Public Money and Management24(2), 121-127. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9302.2004.00404.x

Gross, R., Rosen, B., & Shirom, A. (2001). Reforming the Israeli health system: Findings of a 3-year evaluation. Health Policy56(1), 1-20. doi:10.1016/S0168-8510(00)00147-0

Rabinowitz, J., Bromet, E. J., Lavelle, J., Hornak, K. J., & Rosen, B. (2001). Changes in insurance coverage and extent of care during the two years after first hospitalization for a psychotic disorder. Psychiatric Services52(1), 87-91. doi:10.1176/

Gross, R., Rosen, B., & Chinitz, D. (1998). Evaluating the Israeli health care reform: Strategy, challenges and lessons. Health Policy45(2), 99-117. doi:10.1016/S0168-8510(98)00030-X

Rabinowitz, J., Bromet, E. J., Lavelle, J., Severance, K. J., Zariello, S. L., & Rosen, B. (1998). Relationship between type of insurance and care during the early course of psychosis. American Journal of Psychiatry155(10), 1392-1397. doi:10.1176/ajp.155.10.1392

Craig, T. J., Bromet, E. J., Jandorf, L., Fennig, S., Tanenberg-Karant, M., Ram, R., & Rosen, B. (1997). Diagnosis, treatment, and six-month outcome status in first-admission psychosis. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry9(2), 89-97. doi:1026205319204

Gross, R., & Rosen, B. (1996). Decentralization in a sick fund: Lessons from an evaluation. Journal of Management in Medicine10(1), 67-80. doi:10.1108/02689239610113531

Fennig, S., Craig, T. J., Tanenberg-Karant, M., Jandorf, L., Rosen, B., & Bromet, E. J. (1995). Medication treatment in first-admission patients with psychotic affective disorders: Preliminary findings on research-facility diagnostic agreement and rehospitalization. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry7(2), 87-90. doi:10.3109/10401239509149032

Nirel, N., Rosen, B., Ben-Nun, G., Shemesh, A., & Vardi, P. (1993). Stages in the licensing process for immigrant physicians in Israel. Harefuah125(1-2), 19-22.

Shemesh, A., Yellin, N., Kaminer, H., & Rosen, B. (1993). Visits to emergency rooms and hospital ownership categories. Harefuah125(10), 342-347.

Rosen, B. (1989). Professional reimbursement and professional behavior: Emerging issues and research challenges. Social Science and Medicine29(3), 455-462. doi:10.1016/0277-9536(89)90294-3


Rosen, B., & Waitzberg, R. (2018). Advancing universal health coverage: What developing countries can learn from the Israeli experience?  Washington, DC.: World Bank.

Book Chapters

Waitzberg, R. & Rosen, B. (2020). Israel healthcare system. In  R. Tikkanen, R. Osborn, E.  Mossialos, A. Djordjevic, & G. A. Wharton (Eds.), International Health Care System Profiles. New York: The Commonwealth Fund.

Rosen, B., & Waitzberg, R. (2017). The Israeli health care system. In E. Mossialos, A. Djordjevic, R. Osborn & D. Sarnak (Eds.), International profiles of health care systems (pp. 85-93). New York: The Commonwealth Fund.

Almog, Y., Rosen, B., & Habib, J. (2016). Accountability and shared measurement in health care: Examples from Israel. In P. Mattei (Ed.), Public accountability and health care governance: Public management reforms between austerity and democracy (pp. 193-216). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Zemach-Marom, T. (2007). The relationship between research and practice in implementing the RAF method for quality assurance in residential settings for children in Israel. In R. J. Chaskin, & J. M. Rosenfeld (Eds.), Research for action: Cross-national perspectives on connecting knowledge, policy, and practice for children (pp. 67-87). New York: Oxford University Press Oxford.

Rosen, B. & Goldwag, R. (2003). Health care systems in transition: Israel. In Thomson, S., & Mossialos, E. (Eds.), European observatory on health care systems, vol. 5(1). Copenhagen: The European Observatory on Health Care Systems.