Ann Aschengrau

Ann Aschengrau, ScD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Aschengrau has conducted epidemiologic research on environmental pollution and the risk of disease for over 30 years. In particular, she has led investigations on the relationship between drinking water contaminants and abnormal pregnancy and birth outcomes, neurological and behavioral disorders, and cancer, and on the impact of lead hazard reduction measures among inner-city children. Most recently, she was the principal investigator of a cohort study examining the impact of environmental and social stressors on substance use. In 2003, Dr. Aschengrau published the the first edition of the textbook, Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health, with the late George R. Seage III, formerly Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. Now in its 4th edition, the best-selling book has been used in more than 100 schools across the United States. Dr. Aschengrau has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Gulf War and Health, as a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry, and as a jury member for the annual John Heinz Memorial Award honoring an individual whose work has made a significant impact on the environment. She serves as Associate Chair for Education as well as co-director of the MPH certificate in Maternal and Child Health Certificate.


  • Harvard University, ScD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Northeastern University, BA Field of Study: Biology
  • Harvard University, SM/ScM Field of Study: Epidemiology

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP714
  • SPHEP759


  • Published on 9/14/2022

    Rodriguez E, Peer K, Fruh V, James K, Williams A, de Figueiredo Veiga A, Winter MR, Shea A, Aschengrau A, Lane KJ, Mahalingaiah S. Digital Global Recruitment for Women's Health Research: Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Sep 14; 6(9):e39046. PMID: 35969168.

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  • Published on 2/18/2022

    Fruh V, Cheng JJ, Aschengrau A, Mahalingaiah S, Lane KJ. Fine particulate matter and polycystic ovarian morphology. Environ Health. 2022 02 18; 21(1):26. PMID: 35180862.

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  • Published on 1/15/2022

    Doran CR, Aschengrau A. Prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water and sleep quality in adulthood: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2022 01 15; 21(1):15. PMID: 35033085.

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  • Published on 7/2/2021

    Aschengrau A, Mussi-Pinhata MM, Moye J, Chakhtoura N, Patel K, Williams PL, Karalius B, Garvie PA, Monte D, Whalen F, Lebov J, Seage GR. An International Prospective Cohort Study of HIV and Zika in Infants and Pregnancy (HIV ZIP): Study Protocol. Front Glob Womens Health. 2021; 2:574327. PMID: 34816174.

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  • Published on 5/18/2021

    Stallings TL, Riefkohl Lisci A, McCray NL, Weiner DE, Kaufman JS, Aschengrau A, Ma Y, LaValley MP, Ramírez-Rubio O, Jose Amador J, López-Pilarte D, Laws RL, Winter M, McSorley VE, Brooks DR, Applebaum KM. Dysuria, heat stress, and muscle injury among Nicaraguan sugarcane workers at risk for Mesoamerican nephropathy. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2021 07 01; 47(5):377-386. PMID: 34003295.

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  • Published on 4/16/2021

    Mahalingaiah S, Cheng JJ, Winter MR, Rodriguez E, Fruh V, Williams A, Nguyen M, Madhavan R, Karanja P, MacRae J, Konanki SC, Lane KJ, Aschengrau A. Multimodal Recruitment to Study Ovulation and Menstruation Health: Internet-Based Survey Pilot Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021 04 16; 23(4):e24716. PMID: 33861203.

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  • Published on 4/12/2021

    Aschengrau A. In Memoriam: George R. Seage III, 1957-2021. Epidemiology. 2021; (32):313-314.

  • Published on 3/9/2021

    Aschengrau A, Grippo A, Winter MR. Influence of Family and Community Socioeconomic Status on the Risk of Adolescent Drug Use. Subst Use Misuse. 2021; 56(5):577-587. PMID: 33719860.

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  • Published on 11/9/2020

    Mahalingaiah S, Cosenza C, Cheng JJ, Rodriguez E, Aschengrau A. Cognitive testing of a survey instrument for self-assessed menstrual cycle characteristics and androgen excess. Fertil Res Pract. 2020 Nov 09; 6(1):19. PMID: 33292647.

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  • Published on 10/28/2020

    Friedman A, Shea M, Winter MR, Saitz R, Aschengrau A. Prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and non-medical use of prescription drugs: A retrospective cohort study in Cape Cod, MA. Environ Res. 2021 05; 196:110384. PMID: 33129864.

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