Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH

Professor, Epidemiology
Kenneth Rothman


Dr. Rothman has 48 years of professional experience in Epidemiologic research. His research has included work on the epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, birth defects, environmental epidemiology, pharmaceutical products, and methodological, conceptual and ethical issues in epidemiology. Specific projects have included research on the teratogenicity of vitamin A, the health effects of cellular telephone use, and factors affecting fecundability. Dr. Rothman is the author of two widely used textbooks of epidemiologic methods, Modern Epidemiology and Epidemiology: an Introduction, and is the founding editor of Epidemiology, a leading public-health journal. He received the American Public Health Association’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award for 2002, recognizing excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career. He was the recipient of the Society for Epidemiologic Research Career Accomplishment Award in 2017, and an honorary MD degree in 2017 from University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, and an honorary fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Rothman is also a Distinguished Fellow at RTI International, where he holds the position of Vice President for Epidemiologic Research at RTI Health Solutions.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Harvard University, DPH/DrPH
  • Harvard University, DMD
  • Harvard University, MPH
  • Colgate University, AB


  • Published on 7/2/2020

    Dubner SJ, Teutsch C, Huisman MV, Diener HC, Halperin J, Rothman KJ, Ma CS, Chuquiure-Valenzuela E, Bergler-Klein J, Zint K, Riou França L, Lu S, Paquette M, Lip GYH. Characteristics and 2-year outcomes of dabigatran treatment in patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation: GLORIA-AF. ESC Heart Fail. 2020 Jul 02. PMID: 32613745.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Willis SK, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Tucker KL, Trolle E, Hatch EE. Glycemic load, dietary fiber, and added sugar and fecundability in 2 preconception cohorts. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 Jul 01; 112(1):27-38. PMID: 31901163.

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  • Published on 6/23/2020

    Koziel M, Mazurek M, Teutsch C, Diener HC, Dubner SJ, Halperin JL, Ma CS, Rothman KJ, Brandes A, Paquette M, Zint K, França LR, Lu S, Bartels DB, Huisman MV, Lip GYH. Persistence with Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation: Report from the GLORIA-AF Phase III 1-Year Follow-up. J Clin Med. 2020 Jun 23; 9(6). PMID: 32586056.

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  • Published on 6/15/2020

    Carrigan G, Whipple S, Capra WB, Taylor MD, Brown JS, Lu M, Arnieri B, Copping R, Rothman KJ. Response to "Externally Controlled Trials: Are We There Yet?" Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2020 Jun 15. PMID: 32542772.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Crowe HM, Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Walkey AJ, Hatch EE. Association of Asthma Diagnosis and Medication Use with Fecundability: A Prospective Cohort Study. Clin Epidemiol. 2020; 12:579-587. PMID: 32606983.

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  • Published on 6/3/2020

    Wesselink AK, Bresnick KA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Wang TR, Huybrechts KF, Wise LA. Male Use of Pain Medication and Fecundability. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 03. PMID: 32488260.

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  • Published on 5/28/2020

    Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Weuve J, Murray EJ, Wang TR, Mikkelsen EM, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ. Changes in behavior with increasing pregnancy attempt time: a prospective cohort study. Epidemiology. 2020 May 28. PMID: 32487855.

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  • Published on 5/26/2020

    Harlow BL, Murray EJ, Rothman KJ. Genital Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer. JAMA. 2020 05 26; 323(20):2096. PMID: 32453359.

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  • Published on 5/11/2020

    Orta OR, Hatch EE, Regan AK, Perkins R, Wesselink AK, Willis SK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A prospective study of influenza vaccination and time to pregnancy. Vaccine. 2020 Jun 02; 38(27):4246-4251. PMID: 32409134.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    Harlow AF, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. E-cigarettes and Fecundability: Results from a Prospective Preconception Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 May 07. PMID: 32378702.

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