Rebecca L. Haffajee, JD, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy, at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Dr. Haffajee’s work combines detailed legal analysis with empirical investigations of the relationships between law and health. She specializes in mapping and evaluating the effects of behavioral health and pharmaceutical policies. For example, her recent studies examine the effects of mental health and substance abuse parity laws on treatment and health outcomes, and the impacts of state prescription drug monitoring programs on opioid prescribing and health outcomes.


Recent Posts by Rebecca Haffajee

A Safer Way To Legalize Marijuana

Policy makers in favor of legalization should seize the opportunity to design a new market that permits recreational sale of marijuana only in edible or vaporized form, to minimize the disease burden associated with tobacco.

September 8, 2017Public Health

Fight The Urge To Criminalize Opioid Addiction Behaviors

A Symposium On Health Law. While the U.S. is in the midst of a prescription opioid overdose and abuse epidemic, what is evolving is our perception of opioid addiction as a disease and our recognition that opioid abuse is best addressed as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice one.