Sarah Blenner

Sarah Blenner, JD, MPH, is the Director of Field Studies and Applied Professional Training for the Department of Community Health Sciences, where she develops, implements, and evaluates experiential learning, public health training programs, and interprofessional education. She is the Co-Director of the Public Health Training Program on Population Health Advocacy, and she has contributed to the UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program and the UCLA Tougaloo Public Health Scholars Training Program.  Sarah serves as a faculty advisor for the interdisciplinary UCLA Mobile Clinic Project, which provides medical and health services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Sarah’s areas of interest include workforce development, experiential education, and the integration of health within culture and religious frameworks, laws, and policies. Community outreach and engagement is a core component of Sarah's work, and she has collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders, including school districts, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, community leaders, and caregivers. Prior to joining UCLA, Sarah was the Director of the Center for Diabetes Research and Policy at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she provided pro bono representation to individuals with diabetes, conducted educational outreach, promoted multidisciplinary collaborations and research, and developed policies. Sarah is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois.  Sarah received her JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, MPH from UIC School of Public Health, and BA with High Honors from Emory University.


  • JD, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
  • MPH, UIC School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
  • BA, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Selected Publications

  • Sarah Blenner, et al., “Community Partnerships and Experiential Learning: Investing in the Next Generation of a Diverse, Qualified Public Health Workforce,” 7(15) Pedagogy in Health Promotion 515-625 (2021).
  • Sarah Blenner, Cathy Lang, and Michael Prelip, “Shifting the Culture Around Public Health Advocacy: Training Future Public Health Professionals to Be Effective Agents of Change,” 18(6) Health Promotion and Practice 785 (2017).
  • Sarah Blenner, et al., “Privacy Policies of Android Diabetes Apps and Sharing of Health Information,” 315(10) Journal of the American Medical Association 1051 (Mar. 2016).


  • PH 401: Public Health as a Profession
  • CHS 400: Field Studies in Community Health Sciences
  • CHS 187A & CHS 187B: Introduction to Interventions for At-Risk Populations