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Rohini J. ​Haar, MD, MPH

Assistant Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
  • Lecturer, School of Law, UC Berkeley
  • Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
  • Emergency Physician, Kaiser Medical Center
  • Medical Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights

Dr. Haar is an emergency physician with expertise in health and human rights. Her work focuses on the protection of human rights in times of complex humanitarian crisis and conflict.
Available for Advising
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way West, #5416
Berkeley, CA 94704


Dr. Haar’s research interests include studying the impact of human rights violations, such as torture, violations of free speech and assembly, and war crimes, on health. Recent projects include understanding the health impacts of crowd control weapons (such as tear gas and rubber bullets) and being a chapter editor on the 2022 revision of the Istanbul Protocol, the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Current research includes studying the impacts of war crimes and violence against healthcare, with studies in Colombia, Syria and Myanmar. She is particularly interested in the protection of health workers and health services in conflict and in developing strong research methodology in fragile contexts

Dr. Haar serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Research Interests

  • Health and Human Rights
  • Global Health Ethics
  • Violence against healthcare in conflict settings
  • Health in complex humanitarian crises and armed conflict
  • Health impacts of international human rights and humanitarian law and violations
  • Anti-torture initiatives
  • Balancing civil liberties with public health needs
  • Clinical social emergency medicine


  • MPH – Program on Forced Migration, Population and Family Health
    Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • MD – The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
  • AB – The University of Chicago, The College


Courses Taught

    • Fall | PHW2130
    • Global Health Ethics
    • Online
    • Fall | PH211 / LAW264.6
    • Health and Human Rights
    • LS 154
    • Human Rights Research and Practice
    • Undergraduate
    • PB HLTH 299
    • Independent Research
    • Spring | PH259B
    • Practical Application of Epidemiological Methods in Developing Countries