Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH

Professor, Epidemiology
Kenneth Rothman


Dr. Rothman has 45 years of professional experience in Epidemiologic research. His research has included work on the epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, birth defects, environmental epidemiology, 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 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, MPH
  • Colgate University, AB
  • Harvard University, DrPH
  • Harvard University, DMD

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP820


  • Published on 9/7/2017

    McInerney KA, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Perkins RB, Wise LA. The Effect of Vaccination Against Human Papillomavirus on Fecundability. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 Sep 07. PMID: 28881394.

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  • Published on 9/5/2017

    Hoogeveen EK, Rothman KJ, Voskamp PWM, de Mutsert R, Halbesma N, Dekker FW. Obesity and risk of death or dialysis in younger and older patients on specialized pre-dialysis care. PLoS One. 2017; 12(9):e0184007. PMID: 28873467.

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  • Published on 8/29/2017

    Vinceti M, Filippini T, Violi F, Rothman KJ, Costanzini S, Malagoli C, Wise LA, Odone A, Signorelli C, Iacuzio L, Arcolin E, Mandrioli J, Fini N, Patti F, Lo Fermo S, Pietrini V, Teggi S, Ghermandi G, Scillieri R, Ledda C, Mauceri C, Sciacca S, Fiore M, Ferrante M. Pesticide exposure assessed through agricultural crop proximity and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Environ Health. 2017 Aug 29; 16(1):91. PMID: 28851431.

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  • Published on 6/8/2017

    Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Tucker KL, Saklani S, Mikkelsen EM, Cueto H, Riis AH, Trolle E, McKinnon CJ, Hahn KA, Rothman KJ, Toft Sørensen H, Hatch EE. Dietary fat intake and fecundability in two preconception cohort studies. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jun 08. PMID: 28595290.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Rothman KJ. Invited Commentary: When Case-Control Studies Came of Age. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Jun 01; 185(11):1012-1014. PMID: 28535170.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Desai RJ, Rothman KJ, Bateman BT, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts KF. A Propensity-score-based Fine Stratification Approach for Confounding Adjustment When Exposure Is Infrequent. Epidemiology. 2017 Mar; 28(2):249-257. PMID: 27922533.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Mosquin PL, Rothman KJ. Reanalysis of Reported Associations of Beryllium and Lung Cancer in a Large Occupational Cohort. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Mar; 59(3):274-281. PMID: 28157764.

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  • Published on 2/21/2017

    Huisman MV, Rothman KJ, Paquette M, Teutsch C, Diener HC, Dubner SJ, Halperin JL, Ma CS, Zint K, Elsaesser A, Bartels DB, Lip GY. The Changing Landscape for Stroke Prevention in AF: Findings From the GLORIA-AF Registry Phase 2. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Feb 21; 69(7):777-785. PMID: 28209218.

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  • Published on 1/17/2017

    Iribarren C, Rothman KJ, Bradley MS, Carrigan G, Eisner MD, Chen H. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events among patients receiving omalizumab: Pooled analysis of patient-level data from 25 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 May; 139(5):1678-1680. PMID: 28108337.

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  • Published on 12/21/2016

    Johannes CB, McQuay LJ, Midkiff KD, Calingaert B, Andrews EB, Tennis P, Brown JS, Camargo CA, DiSantostefano RL, Rothman KJ, Stürmer T, Lanes S, Davis KJ. The feasibility of using multiple databases to study rare outcomes: the potential effect of long-acting beta agonists with inhaled corticosteroid therapy on asthma mortality. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2017 Apr; 26(4):446-458. PMID: 28000298.

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