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 11/1/2016

    Radin RG, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Sorensen HT, Riis AH, Kuohung W, Wise LA. Brief Report: Cesarean Delivery and Subsequent Fecundability. Epidemiology. 2016 Nov; 27(6):889-93. PMID: 27571458.

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  • Published on 9/1/2016

    Varas-Lorenzo C, Arana A, Johannes CB, McQuay LJ, Rothman KJ, Fife D. Improving the Identification of Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Deaths in a General Practice Research Database. Drugs Real World Outcomes. 2016 Sep; 3(3):353-358. PMID: 27747831.

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  • Published on 8/31/2016

    Mikkelsen EM, Riis AH, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Cueto HT, Sørensen HT. Alcohol consumption and fecundability: prospective Danish cohort study. BMJ. 2016; 354:i4262. PMID: 27581754.

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  • Published on 7/13/2016

    Vinceti M, Rothman KJ. More results but no clear conclusion on selenium and cancer. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Aug; 104(2):245-6. PMID: 27413135.

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  • Published on 6/21/2016

    Huisman MV, Ma CS, Diener HC, Dubner SJ, Halperin JL, Rothman KJ, Teutsch C, Schoof N, Kleine E, Bartels DB, Lip GY. Antithrombotic therapy use in patients with atrial fibrillation before the era of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants: the Global Registry on Long-Term Oral Antithrombotic Treatment in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (GLORIA-AF) Phase I cohort. Europace. 2016 Sep; 18(9):1308-18. PMID: 27335063.

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  • 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 5/31/2016

    Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Stanford JB, McKinnon CJ, Mahalingaiah S. Menstrual cycle characteristics and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Jul; 26(7):482-487.e1. PMID: 27449569.

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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 4/27/2016

    Nillni YI, Wesselink AK, Gradus JL, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Wise LA. Depression, anxiety, and psychotropic medication use and fecundability. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Oct; 215(4):453.e1-8. PMID: 27131586.

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