Elizabeth Hatch

Elizabeth E. Hatch, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Hatch’s research interests are focused on exposures related to fertility and pregnancy outcomes. She has been principal investigator of two NIH-funded grants to evaluate factors related to reproductive health in Denmark. Currently, in collaboration with Dr. Wise, she is leading a five year study to continue enrollment and combine data from the Danish cohort and the similarly-designed PRESTO cohort in North America. The study uses internet-based recruitment and follow-up and is evaluating factors related to fertility, miscarriage, and adverse pregnancy outcomes, with a particular focus on diet and medication use. With support from the Oak Foundation and the National Toxicology Program, Dr. Hatch is evaluating exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals a subset of women in the cohort, and whether they may affect fertility and pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Hatch is also interested in prenatal and childhood exposures in relation to long-term health outcomes such as hormonally-related cancers, reproductive outcomes, and obesity. She teaches cancer epidemiology and has conducted research on several cancer sites including brain cancer, childhood leukemia, and breast and cervical cancer. Prior to joining the faculty at BU in 2000, she was an investigator at the National Cancer Institute, where she led a large cohort study on the health risks of exposure to the synthetic hormone, diethylstilbestrol (DES) among women exposed during pregnancy and their offspring exposed in utero. She continues her involvement with the DES study as a co-investigator of the BU DES study site, where 2nd and 3rd generation offspring are being followed for cancer and other conditions.

Other Positions

  • Member, Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center - Boston University


  • Yale University, PhD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MS Field of Study: Health Policy Management
  • Harvard University, BA Field of Study: Biology



  • Published on 9/18/2021

    Crowe HM, Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Wang TR, Horsburgh CR, Mikkelsen EM, Hatch EE. Antibiotics and fecundability among female pregnancy planners: a prospective cohort study. Hum Reprod. 2021 Sep 18; 36(10):2761-2768. PMID: 34269389.

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  • Published on 7/29/2021

    McKinnon CJ, Hatch EE, Orta OR, Rothman KJ, Eisenberg ML, Wefes-Potter J, Wise LA. The association between work hours, shift work, and job latitude with fecundability: A preconception cohort study. J Occup Health Psychol. 2021 Jul 29. PMID: 34323556.

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  • Published on 7/19/2021

    Bond JC, Wise LA, Willis SK, Yland JJ, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Heaton B. Self-reported periodontitis and fecundability in a population of pregnancy planners. Hum Reprod. 2021 07 19; 36(8):2298-2308. PMID: 33822056.

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  • Published on 7/16/2021

    Strohsnitter WC, Hyer M, Bertrand KA, Cheville AL, Palmer JR, Hatch EE, Aagaard KM, Titus L, Romero IL, Huo D, Hoover RN, Troisi R. Prenatal Diethylstilbestrol Exposure and Cancer Risk in Males. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Jul 16. PMID: 34272263.

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  • Published on 6/18/2021

    Basso O, Willis SK, Hatch EE, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Maternal age at birth and daughter's fecundability. Hum Reprod. 2021 06 18; 36(7):1970-1980. PMID: 33860312.

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  • Published on 6/7/2021

    Filippini T, Hatch EE, Vinceti M. Residential exposure to electromagnetic fields and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a dose-response meta-analysis. Sci Rep. 2021 Jun 07; 11(1):11939. PMID: 34099747.

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  • Published on 5/7/2021

    Yland JJ, Eisenberg ML, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, McKinnon CJ, Nillni YI, Sommer GJ, Wang TR, Wise LA. A North American prospective study of depression, psychotropic medication use, and semen quality. Fertil Steril. 2021 09; 116(3):833-842. PMID: 33966888.

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  • Published on 5/6/2021

    Wise LA, Wang TR, Wesselink AK, Willis SK, Chaiyasarikul A, Levinson JS, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Savitz DA. Accuracy of self-reported birth outcomes relative to birth certificate data in an Internet-based prospective cohort study. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2021 Sep; 35(5):590-595. PMID: 33956369.

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  • Published on 4/20/2021

    Hatch EE, Willis SK, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Eisenberg ML, Sommer GJ, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Male cellular telephone exposure, fecundability, and semen quality: results from two preconception cohort studies. Hum Reprod. 2021 04 20; 36(5):1395-1404. PMID: 33564831.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Harlow AF, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Male Preconception Marijuana Use and Spontaneous Abortion: A Prospective Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2021 03 01; 32(2):239-247. PMID: 33165011.

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