Kenneth J. Rothman, DMD, DrPH

Professor, Epidemiology
Kenneth Rothman
Talbot – T423E
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Dr. Rothman has more than 40 years professional experience in Epidemiologic research. His research has included work on the teratogenicity of vitamin A, the health effects of cellular telephone use, and potential environmental risk factors for cancer. He has also conducted epidemiologic research and written on the epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, birth defects, environmental epidemiology, and methodological, conceptual and ethical issues in epidemiology. Dr. Rothman authored two widely used textbook 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, 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


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP820


  • Published on 6/7/2016

    Rothman KJ. Disengaging from statistical significance. Eur J Epidemiol. 2016 May; 31(5):443-4. PMID: 27272951.

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  • Published on 5/21/2016

    Greenland S, Senn SJ, Rothman KJ, Carlin JB, Poole C, Goodman SN, Altman DG. Statistical tests, P values, confidence intervals, and power: a guide to misinterpretations. Eur J Epidemiol. 2016 Apr; 31(4):337-50. PMID: 27209009.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Rothman KJ. John Snow's Grant Application. Epidemiology. 2016 May; 27(3):311-3. PMID: 26829161.

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  • Published on 4/22/2016

    Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Rothman KJ, Hahn KA, Mikkelsen EM, Mahalingaiah S, Hatch EE. Caffeine and caffeinated beverage consumption and fecundability in a preconception cohort. Reprod Toxicol. 2016 Jul; 62:39-45. PMID: 27112524.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Hatch EE, Hahn KA, Wise LA, Mikkelsen EM, Kumar R, Fox MP, Brooks DR, Riis AH, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ. Evaluation of Selection Bias in an Internet-based Study of Pregnancy Planners. Epidemiology. 2016 Jan; 27(1):98-104. PMID: 26484423.

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  • Published on 12/1/2015

    Arana A, Johannes CB, McQuay LJ, Varas-Lorenzo C, Fife D, Rothman KJ. Risk of Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Death in Users of Domperidone, Proton Pump Inhibitors, or Metoclopramide: A Population-Based Nested Case-Control Study. Drug Saf. 2015 Dec; 38(12):1187-99. PMID: 26350642.

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  • Published on 11/26/2015

    Gilbertson DT, Bradbury BD, Wetmore JB, Weinhandl ED, Monda KL, Liu J, Brookhart MA, Gustafson SK, Roberts T, Collins AJ, Rothman KJ. Controlling confounding of treatment effects in administrative data in the presence of time-varying baseline confounders. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2016 Mar; 25(3):269-77. PMID: 26608680.

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  • Published on 11/1/2015

    Radin RG, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Mikkelsen EM, Sorensen HT, Riis AH, Fox MP, Wise LA. Maternal Recall Error in Retrospectively Reported Time-to-Pregnancy: an Assessment and Bias Analysis. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2015 Nov; 29(6):576-88. PMID: 26443987.

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  • Published on 10/11/2015

    Kimball AB, Schenfeld J, Accortt NA, Anthony MS, Rothman KJ, Pariser D. Cohort study of malignancies and hospitalized infectious events in treated and untreated patients with psoriasis and a general population in the United States. Br J Dermatol. 2015 Nov; 173(5):1183-90. PMID: 26265015.

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  • Published on 9/18/2015

    Boccia S, Rothman KJ, Panic N, Flacco ME, Rosso A, Pastorino R, Manzoli L, La Vecchia C, Villari P, Boffetta P, Ricciardi W, Ioannidis JP. Registration practices for observational studies on indicated low adherence. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Feb; 70:176-82. PMID: 26386325.

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