Primary Mentors

MWerlerMartha Werler, Sc.D. , DIRECTOR

Dr. Martha Werler is Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the BUSPH Epidemiology Department.  She has been conducting studies of reproductive and pediatric outcomes for over 30 years.  She is currently conducting studies on infections in pregnancy in relation to risks of birth defects, on risk factors for spina bifida, and on psycho-social outcomes in children affected with craniofacial malformations.  Dr. Werler teaches two courses: Perspectives in Epidemiology and Design and Conduct of Case-Control Studies.


AAschengrauAnn Aschengrau, Sc.D., CO-DIRECTOR

Dr. Ann Aschengrau, Professor of Epidemiology, has conducted epidemiologic research on environmental pollution and the risk of disease for the past 30 years. In particular, she leads investigations on the relationship between drinking water contaminants and abnormal pregnancy outcomes and childhood health and on the impact of lead hazard reduction.  Dr. Aschengrau co-wrote the best-selling book Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health. Additionally, she serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Health.  She teaches Environmental Epidemiology and Reproductive Epidemiology.



Dr. Kenneth Rothman, Professor of Epidemiology, has more than 35 years professional experience conducting epidemiologic research on a wide range of topics, including environmental and pharmaceutical exposures in relation to birth outcomes, as well as conceptual and ethical issues.  He is widely recognized as the author of two high-impact textbooks on epidemiologic methods, Modern Epidemiology and Epidemiology: an Introduction, and is the founding editor of the journal Epidemiology.  Dr. Rothman is also Vice President for Epidemiologic Research at RTI Health Solutions and holds an adjunct faculty position at Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

EHatchElizabeth Hatch, Ph.D., FEATURED MENTOR 

Elizabeth Hatch, Ph.D., is a Professor of Epidemiology with research interests in various reproductive and pediatric outcomes.  She has conducted studies in the area of reproductive and cancer epidemiology and is currently funded to study fecundability and reproductive outcomes in a large cohort of women enrolled via the internet in Denmark.  She is also conducting research on health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.  She currently teaches Cancer Epidemiology and lectures in Reproductive and Environmental Epidemiology.


LWiseLauren A. Wise, M.Sc., Sc.D., FEATURED MENTOR 

Dr. Lauren Wise is a Professor of Epidemiology. She also serves as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology. Her work in reproductive epidemiology focuses primarily on environmental and genetic risk factors for benign gynecologic conditions, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and early menopause. She is co-investigator of the Danish Time-to-Pregnancy Study (Snart Gravid) and is principal investigator of two NIH-funded studies on uterine leiomyomata in black women.  Dr. Wise teaches “Design and Conduct of Cohort Studies.”


 geneEugene Declercq, Ph.D., Prospective Primary Mentor

Dr. Declercq is the BUSPH Assistant Dean for DrPH Education and is a Professor of Community Health Sciences. Gene combines formal training in political science with almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice related to childbirth. His recent work in examining cesarean sections in the US and overseas has focused on maternal and infant morbidity associated with low risk cesareans and with repeat cesareans as well as the programmatic and policy influences on practices related to childbirth practices. He is one of the founders of the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) data system that links vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on >1 million births in Massachusetts since 1998.