Sarah Davis

Clinical Associate Professor

Telephone: 608-265-0906
Office: Room 4312B, 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 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 Consumer Health Advocacy Overview
940 From Patient to Policy: Models of System Level Advocacy
940 Public Health Law Practice Workshop

Research Interests:
-Exploring the impact of advocacy on stakeholders' experiences in healthcare
-Consumer engagement in research and quality improvement efforts in health systems
-Law student professionalism, including mindset and resilience


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 was 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 piloted a practice-based elearning course to complement public health law externships in local and remote locations.  It is described in her article: Educating the New Public Health Law Professional. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 44, no. 1, Supp. (2016).

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. She also recently completed a study of law students' mindsets and the role it plays in professional development.

Publications include: Implementation Science Workshop: Engaging patients in Team-Based Practice Redesign-Critical Reflections on Program Design. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2016; and 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.

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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