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 9/16/2023

    Stang A, Rothman KJ. Statistical inference and effect measures in abstracts of randomized controlled trials, 1975-2021. A systematic review. Eur J Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 16; 1035-1042. PMID: 37715928.

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  • Published on 9/11/2023

    Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts K, Hatch EE, Wang TR, Savitz D, Kuohung W, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Preconception contraceptive use and miscarriage: prospective cohort study. BMJ Med. 2023; 2(1):e000569. PMID: 37705685.

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  • Published on 9/1/2023

    Bond JC, Wise LA, Fox MP, Garcia RI, Murray EJ, White KO, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Heaton B. Preconception Periodontitis and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in a Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 01; 192(9):1509-1521. PMID: 37339008.

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  • Published on 9/1/2023

    Regan AK, Wesselink AK, Wang TR, Savitz DA, Yland JJ, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. Risk of Miscarriage in Relation to Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Before or During Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Sep 01; 142(3):625-635. PMID: 37535959.

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  • Published on 8/3/2023

    Fassett MJ, Reed SD, Rothman KJ, Pisa F, Schoendorf J, Wahdan Y, Peipert JF, Gatz J, Ritchey ME, Armstrong MA, Raine-Bennett T, Postlethwaite D, Getahun D, Shi JM, Xie F, Chiu VY, Im TM, Takhar HS, Wang J, Anthony MS. Risks of Uterine Perforation and Expulsion Associated With Intrauterine Devices. Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Sep 01; 142(3):641-651. PMID: 37535968.

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  • Published on 6/5/2023

    Wesselink AK, Lovett SM, Weinberg J, Geller RJ, Wang TR, Regan AK, Willis MD, Perkins RB, Yland JJ, Koenig MR, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Wise LA. COVID-19 vaccination and menstrual cycle characteristics: A prospective cohort study. Vaccine. 2023 Jun 29; 41(29):4327-4334. PMID: 37301706.

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  • Published on 6/1/2023

    Jørgensen MD, Mikkelsen EM, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wise LA, Sørensen HT, Laursen ASD. Socioeconomic status and fecundability in a Danish preconception cohort. Hum Reprod. 2023 Jun 01; 38(6):1183-1193. PMID: 37094974.

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  • Published on 5/8/2023

    Joseph MD, Hatch EE, Koenig MR, Eisenberg ML, Wang TR, Sommer GJ, Stuver SO, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A North American study of anthropometric factors and semen quality. Fertil Steril. 2023 Sep; 120(3 Pt 2):586-596. PMID: 37164117.

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  • Published on 4/26/2023

    Mikkelsen EM, Ulrichsen SP, Johannesen BR, Dam Laursen AS, Wise LA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wesselink AK, Crowe H, Sørensen HT. Preconception use of antibiotics and fecundability: a Danish prospective cohort study. Fertil Steril. 2023 Sep; 120(3 Pt 2):650-659. PMID: 37116639.

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  • Published on 4/4/2023

    Levintow SN, Nielson CM, Hernandez RK, Breskin A, Pritchard D, Lash TL, Rothman KJ, Gilbertson D, Muntner P, Critchlow C, Brookhart MA, Bradbury BD. Pragmatic considerations for negative control outcome studies to guide non-randomized comparative analyses: A narrative review. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2023 Jun; 32(6):599-606. PMID: 36965103.

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