Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH

Professor, Epidemiology

Kenneth Rothman
715 Albany St Talbot Building


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, MPH
    • Colgate University, AB
    • Harvard University, DMD


    • Published on 2/14/2018

      Young-Xu Y, Van Aalst R, Mahmud SM, Rothman KJ, Thornton Snider J, Westreich D, Mor V, Gravenstein S, Lee JKH, Thommes EW, Decker MD, Chit A. Relative Vaccine Effectiveness of High-Dose versus Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccines among Veterans Health Administration Patients. J Infect Dis. 2018 Feb 14. PMID: 29452380.

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    • Published on 1/30/2018

      Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Hahn KA, Michiel JJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Intake of Sugar-sweetened Beverages and Fecundability in a North American Preconception Cohort. Epidemiology. 2018 Jan 30. PMID: 29384791.

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    • Published on 1/5/2018

      McInerney KA, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Perkins RB, Wise LA. Re: The effect of vaccination against human papillomavirus on fecundability. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2018 Jan 05. PMID: 29315695.

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    • Published on 1/1/2018

      Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Tucker KL, Saklani S, Mikkelsen EM, Cueto H, Riis AH, Trolle E, McKinnon CJ, Hahn KA, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Hatch EE. Dietary Fat Intake and Fecundability in 2 Preconception Cohort Studies. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Jan 01; 187(1):60-74. PMID: 28595290.

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    • Published on 12/22/2017

      Wise LA, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Mahalingaiah S. Marijuana use and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2018 Mar; 72(3):208-215. PMID: 29273628.

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    • Published on 12/19/2017

      Vinceti M, Chiari A, Eichmüller M, Rothman KJ, Filippini T, Malagoli C, Weuve J, Tondelli M, Zamboni G, Nichelli PF, Michalke B. A selenium species in cerebrospinal fluid predicts conversion to Alzheimer's dementia in persons with mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2017 Dec 19; 9(1):100. PMID: 29258624.

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    • Published on 12/6/2017

      Mazurek M, Huisman MV, Rothman KJ, Paquette M, Teutsch C, Diener HC, Dubner SJ, Halperin JL, Ma CS, Zint K, Elsaesser A, Lu S, Lip GYH. Regional Differences in Antithrombotic Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from the GLORIA-AF Phase II Registry. Thromb Haemost. 2017 12; 117(12):2376-2388. PMID: 29212125.

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    • Published on 9/26/2017

      Paquette M, Riou França L, Teutsch C, Diener HC, Lu S, Dubner SJ, Ma CS, Rothman KJ, Zint K, Halperin JL, Huisman MV, Lip GYH, Nieuwlaat R. Persistence With Dabigatran Therapy at 2 Years in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 Sep 26; 70(13):1573-1583. PMID: 28935034.

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    • Published on 9/19/2017

      Rothman KJ. The growing rift between epidemiologists and their data. Eur J Epidemiol. 2017 Oct; 32(10):863-865. PMID: 28929321.

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    • Published on 9/18/2017

      Goyal RK, Tzivelekis S, Rothman KJ, Candrilli SD, Kaye JA. Time trends in utilization of G-CSF prophylaxis and risk of febrile neutropenia in a Medicare population receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Feb; 26(2):539-548. PMID: 28921379.

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