Rebecca Haffajee, J.D., M.P.H., was a law fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University from 2009-2010. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Health Policy at Harvard University with a concentration in evaluative science and statistics. Rebecca holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Health in law and public health from Harvard School of Public Health.
At the O’Neill Institute, Rebecca’s global health law research interests related to health and human rights, the right-to-health, HIV/AIDS, and women’s health. She is also interested in domestic health law issues such as health care policy and reform, improving quality and access, and reducing health care disparities.
Prior to accepting her fellowship at the O’Neill Institute, Rebecca worked for three years in private practice as an associate in a nationally recognized health care group. Her practice focused on the representation of institutional health care providers, such as community hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and specialty clinics, on a wide range of health care regulatory compliance issues, including those related to fraud and abuse, licensure requirements, and health information privacy. She also assisted clients in complying with federal health care program requirements under Medicare and Medicaid.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Haffajee worked in Tanzania on a Duke University health policy research project focused on the socio-cultural impact of HIV/AIDS. As a graduate student, she collaborated with various community stakeholders in Ghana on the implementation of national health insurance. She also worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on the prosecution of sexual violence crimes perpetrated during the genocide.