Sarah Davis

Clinical Associate Professor

Telephone: 608-265-0906
Office: Room 4312, Law School

J.D. 2002, University of Wisconsin Law School
M.P.A. 2002, La Follette School of Public Affairs
B.A. 1995, Wesleyan University

Teaching Areas:
Consumer Law
Health Law
Health Law: Patient Advocacy
Practice Skills
Public Health Law

Recently Taught Courses
768 Consumer Health Advocacy & Patient Centered Care Clinical
768 Clinical Program: Health Advocacy & Patient-Centered Care
769 Consumer Issues in Health Care
935 Intro to Health Care
940 From Patient to Policy: Models of System Level Advocacy
940 Public Health Law Practice Workshop

Research Interests:
-Cataloging and interpreting diverse literature on health advocacy;
-Qualitative study of state-level Consumer Assistance Programs under the PPACA; and
-Consumer engagement in quality improvement efforts in health systems


Sarah Davis is Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches about patient advocacy, health and public health law. Areas of interest include health professionals' patient advocacy roles, engaging patients in quality improvement and policymaking, building professionals' resiliency skills, and medical and legal curriculum transformation.

Ms. Davis is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Future of Public Health Law Program (2014-15) and serves as co-director of the UW-Madison JD-MPH dual degree program.

As a RWJF faculty fellow, Professor Davis is piloting a practice-based elearning course to complement public health law externships in local and remote locations. Her current scholarship includes engaging stakeholders and developing partners in mental health and primary care integration research, and disseminating toolkits regarding engaging patients in team-based quality improvement efforts.

Publications include: "Engaging patients at the front lines of primary care redesign: operational lessons for an effective program." Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2014;40(12), "The Affordable Care Act's Plan for Consumer Assistance With Insurance Moves States Forward But Remains A Work In Progress" Health Affairs, 32, no.2 (2013): 347-356, and "Is There an Advocate in the House?: Professionalism from the Patient's Perspective." In DeAngelis, D. (ed.) Professionalism in Patient Care, Oxford University Press: New York.

The Center for Patient Partnerships, an interdisciplinary center of the Schools of Law, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, offers experiential patient advocacy education to students from those disciplines and others. The curriculum focuses on health advocacy, patient-centered care, and health systems change, offering a 12-credit certificate in Consumer Health Advocacy. The Center also infuses patients' voices into health systems reform, offering a critical link to health consumers' experiences. Learn more at

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