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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


  • Harvard University, DPH/DrPH
  • Harvard University, DMD
  • Harvard University, MPH
  • Colgate University, AB


  • Published on 4/1/2024

    Anthony MS, Aroda VR, Parlett LE, Djebarri L, Berreghis S, Calingaert B, Beachler DC, Crowe CL, Johannes CB, Juhaeri J, Lanes S, Pan C, Rothman KJ, Saltus CW, Walsh KE. Risk of Anaphylaxis Among New Users of GLP-1 Receptor Agonists: A Cohort Study. Diabetes Care. 2024 Apr 01; 47(4):712-719. PMID: 38363873.

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  • Published on 3/27/2024

    Colacci M, Raissi A, Ray P, Sholzberg M, Rothman KJ, Fralick M. Randomized controlled trials of switching to a new medication vs continuing a chronic medication may underestimate the risk of adverse events in those continuing because of asymmetric depletion of susceptibles. J Clin Epidemiol. 2024 Mar 27; 111336. PMID: 38552726.

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  • Published on 3/20/2024

    Rothman KJ. The public-health mindset : Review of "The public health approach - population thinking from the black death to COVID-19" by Alfredo Morabia, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023. Eur J Epidemiol. 2024 Mar; 39(3):323-324. PMID: 38503973.

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  • Published on 3/7/2024

    Joseph MD, Koenig MR, Kuriyama AS, Wang TR, Wesselink AK, Eisenberg ML, Sommer GJ, Rothman KJ, Stuver SO, Wise LA, Hatch EE. A preconception cohort study of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and semen quality. Andrology. 2024 Mar 07. PMID: 38450974.

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  • Published on 3/1/2024

    Muntner P, Hernandez RK, Kent ST, Browning JE, Gilbertson DT, Hurwitz KE, Jick SS, Lai EC, Lash TL, Monda KL, Rothman KJ, Bradbury BD, Brookhart MA. Staging and clean room: Constructs designed to facilitate transparency and reduce bias in comparative analyses of real-world data. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2024 Mar; 33(3):e5770. PMID: 38419140.

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  • Published on 2/20/2024

    Savitz DA, Wise LA, Bond JC, Hatch EE, Ncube CN, Wesselink AK, Willis MD, Yland JJ, Rothman KJ. Responding to Reviewers and Editors About Statistical Significance Testing. Ann Intern Med. 2024 Mar; 177(3):385-386. PMID: 38373303.

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  • Published on 2/12/2024

    Desai RJ, Wang SV, Sreedhara SK, Zabotka L, Khosrow-Khavar F, Nelson JC, Shi X, Toh S, Wyss R, Patorno E, Dutcher S, Li J, Lee H, Ball R, Dal Pan G, Segal JB, Suissa S, Rothman KJ, Greenland S, Hernán MA, Heagerty PJ, Schneeweiss S. Process guide for inferential studies using healthcare data from routine clinical practice to evaluate causal effects of drugs (PRINCIPLED): considerations from the FDA Sentinel Innovation Center. BMJ. 2024 Feb 12; 384:e076460. PMID: 38346815.

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  • Published on 2/1/2024

    Bond JC, Coleman CM, Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Wang T, Willis M, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Savitz D, Eisenberg ML, Wise LA. Preconception sleep duration, non-daytime work schedules, and incidence of spontaneous abortion: a prospective cohort study. Hum Reprod. 2024 Feb 01; 39(2):413-424. PMID: 38059518.

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  • Published on 1/4/2024

    Stang A, Rothman KJ. Authors' Reply: Statistical inference and effect measures in abstracts of randomized trials, 1975-2021. Eur J Epidemiol. 2024 Jan 04. PMID: 38177574.

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  • Published on 12/27/2023

    Wesselink AK, Kirwa K, Hystad P, Kaufman JD, Szpiro AA, Willis MD, Savitz DA, Levy JI, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Laursen ASD, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Ambient air pollution and rate of spontaneous abortion. Environ Res. 2024 Apr 01; 246:118067. PMID: 38157969.

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