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 8/28/2021

    Rothman KJ. The origin of Modern Epidemiology, the book. Eur J Epidemiol. 2021 Aug; 36(8):763-765. PMID: 34453632.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Stürmer T, Webster-Clark M, Lund JL, Wyss R, Ellis AR, Lunt M, Rothman KJ, Glynn RJ. Propensity Score Weighting and Trimming Strategies for Reducing Variance and Bias of Treatment Effect Estimates: A Simulation Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 08 01; 190(8):1659-1670. PMID: 33615349.

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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 7/12/2021

    Fortuny J, von Gersdorff G, Lassalle R, Linder M, Overbeek J, Reinold J, Toft G, Timmer A, Dress J, Blin P, Droz-Perroteau C, Ehrenstein V, Franzoni C, Herings R, Kollhorst B, Moore N, Odsbu I, Perez-Gutthann S, Schink T, Rascher K, Rasouliyan L, Rothman KJ, Saigi-Morgui N, Schaller M, Smits E, Forstner M, Bénichou J, Bircher AJ, Garbe E, Rampton DS, Gutierrez L. Use of intravenous iron and risk of anaphylaxis: A multinational observational post-authorisation safety study in Europe. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2021 Oct; 30(10):1447-1457. PMID: 34181291.

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  • Published on 7/10/2021

    Koziel M, Teutsch C, Bayer V, Lu S, Gurusamy VK, Halperin JL, Rothman KJ, Diener HC, Ma CS, Huisman MV, Lip GYH. Changes in anticoagulant prescription patterns over time for patients with atrial fibrillation around the world. J Arrhythm. 2021 Aug; 37(4):990-1006. PMID: 34386125.

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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 6/11/2021

    van der Wall SJ, Lip GYH, Teutsch C, Kalejs O, Lyrer P, Hall C, Dubner SJ, Diener HC, Halperin JL, Ma CS, Rothman KJ, Zint K, Zhai D, Huisman MV. Low bleeding and thromboembolic risk with continued dabigatran during cardiovascular interventions: the GLORIA-AF study. Eur J Intern Med. 2021 Sep; 91:75-80. PMID: 34120814.

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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 Sep; 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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