Elizabeth E. Hatch, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Elizabeth Hatch
(617) 638-7791eehatch@bu.edu
Talbot – T318E
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Dr. Hatch’s research interests are focused on prenatal and childhood exposures in relation to long-term health outcomes, especially hormonally-related cancers, reproductive outcomes, and obesity. Dr. Hatch teaches cancer epidemiology and has conducted research on several cancer sites including brain cancer, childhood leukemia, and breast and cervical cancer.  Prior to joining the faculty at BU in 2000, she was an investigator at the National Cancer Institute, where she led a large cohort study on the health risks of exposure to the synthetic hormone, diethylstilbestrol (DES) among women exposed during pregnancy and their offspring exposed in utero.  She continues her involvement with the DES study as a co-investigator of the BU DES study site, where 2nd and 3rd generation offspring are being followed for cancer and other conditions. Currently, Dr. Hatch is principal investigator of a 5 year NIH-funded grant that is a collaborative study of factors related to reproductive health in Denmark.  The study uses internet-based recruitment and follow-up and is evaluating factors related to fertility, miscarriage, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. With support from the Oak Foundation and the National Toxicology Program, Dr. Hatch will also evaluate exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals a subset of women in the cohort, and whether they may affect fertility, pregnancy outcomes, and childhood obesity.  


  • Yale University, PhD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS
  • Harvard University, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP735
  • SPHEP735
  • SPHEP912


  • Published on 9/1/2014

    Hahn KA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Brogly SB, Sørensen HT, Riis AH, Wise LA. Body size and risk of spontaneous abortion among danish pregnancy planners. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2014 Sep; 28(5):412-23.

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  • Published on 4/18/2014

    Radin RG, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Riis AH, Wise LA. Active and passive smoking and fecundability in Danish pregnancy planners. Fertil Steril. 2014 Jul; 102(1):183-191.e2.

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  • Published on 4/15/2014

    Wildenschild C, Riis AH, Ehrenstein V, Heitmann BL, Hatch EE, Wise LA, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Mikkelsen EM. Weight at birth and subsequent fecundability: a prospective cohort study. PLoS One. 2014; 9(4):e95257.

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  • Published on 11/18/2013

    Parker SE, Troisi R, Wise LA, Palmer JR, Titus-Ernstoff L, Strohsnitter WC, Hatch EE. Menarche, menopause, years of menstruation, and the incidence of osteoporosis: the influence of prenatal exposure to diethylstilbestrol. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Feb; 99(2):594-601.

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  • Published on 8/19/2013

    Hahn KA, Wise LA, Riis AH, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Banholzer K, Hatch EE. Correlates of menstrual cycle characteristics among nulliparous Danish women. Clin Epidemiol. 2013; 5:311-9.

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  • Published on 8/1/2013

    Rothman KJ, Gallacher JE, Hatch EE. Why representativeness should be avoided. Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Aug; 42(4):1012-4.

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  • Published on 8/1/2013

    Rothman KJ, Gallacher JE, Hatch EE. Rebuttal: When it comes to scientific inference, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Aug; 42(4):1026-8.

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  • Published on 6/18/2013

    Palmer JR, Boggs DA, Hatch EE, Troisi R, Titus-Ernstoff L, Strohsnitter WC, Adam E, Hoover RN. Prenatal DES exposure in relation to breast size. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Sep; 24(9):1757-61.

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  • Published on 5/1/2013

    Troisi R, Hyer M, Hatch EE, Titus-Ernstoff L, Palmer JR, Strohsnitter WC, Herbst AL, Adam E, Hoover RN. Medical conditions among adult offspring prenatally exposed to diethylstilbestrol. Epidemiology. 2013 May; 24(3):430-8.

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  • Published on 3/18/2013

    Rothman KJ, Wise LA, Sørensen HT, Riis AH, Mikkelsen EM, Hatch EE. Volitional determinants and age-related decline in fecundability: a general population prospective cohort study in Denmark. Fertil Steril. 2013 Jun; 99(7):1958-64.

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