Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH

Professor, Epidemiology
Kenneth Rothman


Dr. Rothman has 48 years of professional experience in Epidemiologic research. His research has included work on the epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, birth defects, environmental epidemiology, pharmaceutical products, 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 was the recipient of the Society for Epidemiologic Research Career Accomplishment Award in 2017, and an honorary MD degree in 2017 from University of Aarhus, Denmark. 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, DPH/DrPH
  • Harvard University, DMD
  • Harvard University, MPH
  • Colgate University, AB


  • Published on 5/26/2020

    Harlow BL, Murray EJ, Rothman KJ. Genital Powder Use and Ovarian Cancer. JAMA. 2020 05 26; 323(20):2096. PMID: 32453359.

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  • Published on 5/11/2020

    Orta OR, Hatch EE, Regan AK, Perkins R, Wesselink AK, Willis SK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A prospective study of influenza vaccination and time to pregnancy. Vaccine. 2020 Jun 02; 38(27):4246-4251. PMID: 32409134.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    Harlow AF, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. E-cigarettes and Fecundability: Results from a Prospective Preconception Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 May 07. PMID: 32378702.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Mikkelsen EM, Trolle E, Willis SK, McCann SE, Valsta L, Lundqvist A, Tucker KL, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Dietary phytoestrogen intakes of adult women are not strongly related to fecundability in 2 preconception cohort studies. J Nutr. 2020 May 01; 150(5):1240-1251. PMID: 31943053.

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  • Published on 4/28/2020

    Høyer S, Riis AH, Toft G, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Mikkelsen EM. Male alcohol consumption and fecundability. Hum Reprod. 2020 Apr 28; 35(4):816-825. PMID: 32155263.

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  • Published on 4/4/2020

    Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Willis SK, Orta OR, Wise LA. Pesticide residue intake from fruits and vegetables and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study. Environ Int. 2020 Apr 04; 139:105693. PMID: 32259756.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    Omland LH, Holm-Hansen C, Lebech AM, Dessau RB, Bodilsen J, Andersen NS, Roed C, Christiansen CB, Ellermann-Eriksen S, Midgley S, Nielsen L, Benfield T, Hansen AE, Andersen CØ, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Fischer TK, Obel N. Long-term survival, health, social functioning, and education in patients with an enterovirus central nervous system infection, Denmark, 1997-2016. J Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 01. PMID: 32236420.

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  • Published on 3/27/2020

    Wesselink AK, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Riis AH, McKinnon CJ, Rothman KJ. Seasonal patterns in fecundability in North America and Denmark: a preconception cohort study. Hum Reprod. 2020 Mar 27; 35(3):565-572. PMID: 32003426.

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  • Published on 3/6/2020

    Willis SK, Mathew HM, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Mahalingaiah S. Menstrual patterns and self-reported hirsutism as assessed via the modified Ferriman-Gallwey scale: A cross-sectional study. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2020 May; 248:137-143. PMID: 32203825.

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  • Published on 3/4/2020

    Wise LA, Wang TR, Willis SK, Wesselink AK, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE. Effect of a Home Pregnancy Test Intervention on Cohort Retention and Pregnancy Detection: A Randomized Trial. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 Mar 04. PMID: 32128561.

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