School of Public Health

Schiff, Melissa

Melissa A. Schiff

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology


MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2001
MD Medicine (MD), University of Michigan, 1987

Contact Info

Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
1959 Pacific St. NE
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-543-8095

Professor Schiff is currently on-leave.

Dr. Schiff is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her medical degree at the University of Michigan. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico. She received her master of public health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. 


  • Pregnancy outcomes among women with disabilities 
  • Length of labor and adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes 
  • Risk factors for severe maternal morbidity 
  • Soccer injuries in middle school girls


Harborview Injury and Prevention Center:

Research Interests

Dr. Schiff's primary areas of research interests are reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and injury epidemiology. A primary focus of her research is the area of maternal health and injury and she has utilized the Washington State population-based birth and hospitalization databases to evaluate a variety of mechanisms of injury including motor vehicle crashes, falls, and suicide as well as the effects of trauma systems on pregnancy outcomes. She has also used these databases for evaluation of obstetric complications including severe maternal morbidity, maternal intensive care unit admission as well as adverse pregnancy outcomes among American Indian/Alaska Native women. She has also recently begun use of the electronic medical records to evaluate the length of labor and associated adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Schiff teaches Epi 585 "Injury and Violence: A Public Health Approach" during Fall Quarter of even calendar years.



In The News

Study Finds Trauma Centers Improve Outcomes for Injured Pregnant Women
UW School of Public Health News, 01/29/2016

Trauma centers improve outcomes for injured pregnant women
Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 01/13/2016

High School Athletes Often Played with Concussion
UW School of Public Health News, 04/07/2014