Kenneth Rothman

Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


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, Medicine - Boston University School of Medicine


  • Harvard University, DPH/DrPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Harvard University, DMD Field of Study: Dental Medicine
  • Harvard University, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Colgate University, AB Field of Study: Physical Sciences


  • 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 May 06. PMID: 33956369.

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  • Published on 4/26/2021

    Beachler DC, Taylor DH, Anthony MS, Yin R, Li L, Saltus CW, Li L, Shaunik A, Walsh KE, Rothman KJ, Johannes CB, Aroda VR, Carr W, Goldberg P, Accardi A, O'Shura JS, Sharma K, Juhaeri J, Lanes S, Wu C. Development and validation of a predictive model algorithm to identify anaphylaxis in adults with type 2 diabetes in U.S. administrative claims data. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2021 Apr 26. PMID: 33899314.

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  • Published on 4/22/2021

    Vinceti M, Filippini T, Wise LA, Rothman KJ. A systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of exposure to environmental selenium and the risk of type 2 diabetes in nonexperimental studies. Environ Res. 2021 Apr 22; 197:111210. PMID: 33895112.

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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 Apr 20; 36(5):1395-1404. PMID: 33564831.

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  • Published on 4/16/2021

    Basso O, Willis SK, Hatch EE, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Maternal age at birth and daughter's fecundability. Hum Reprod. 2021 Apr 16. PMID: 33860312.

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  • Published on 4/14/2021

    Koziel M, Teutsch C, Halperin JL, Rothman KJ, Diener HC, Ma CS, Marler S, Lu S, Gurusamy VK, Huisman MV, Lip GYH. Atrial fibrillation and comorbidities: Clinical characteristics and antithrombotic treatment in GLORIA-AF. PLoS One. 2021; 16(4):e0249524. PMID: 33852611.

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  • Published on 4/3/2021

    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 Apr 03. PMID: 33822056.

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  • Published on 4/1/2021

    Vinceti M, Filippini T, Rothman KJ, Di Federico S, Orsini N. SARS-CoV-2 infection incidence during the first and second COVID-19 waves in Italy. Environ Res. 2021 Apr 01; 197:111097. PMID: 33811866.

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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 Mar 01; 32(2):239-247. PMID: 33165011.

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  • Published on 2/23/2021

    Conover MM, Rothman KJ, Stürmer T, Ellis AR, Poole C, Jonsson Funk M. Propensity score trimming mitigates bias due to covariate measurement error in inverse probability of treatment weighted analyses: A plasmode simulation. Stat Med. 2021 Apr; 40(9):2101-2112. PMID: 33622016.

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