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Kenneth J. Rothman

Distinguished Fellow, Epidemiology

Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH, is vice president for epidemiology research in RTI Health Solutions. Dr. Rothman has focused his career on the development and teaching of the concepts and methods of epidemiologic research, and has authored or co-authored more than 250 scholarly publications. His research has spanned a wide range of health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurologic disease, birth defects, injuries, environmental exposures, and adverse effects of pharmaceutical agents. He was the founding editor of Epidemiology, assistant editor of the American Journal of Public Health, editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and a member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine and the international advisory board of The Lancet. He is a past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, an honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and Fellow and former member of the board of directors of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. He has written two widely read epidemiologic textbooks: Modern Epidemiology (now in its third edition) and Epidemiology, An Introduction (now in its second edition).


DrPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health; MPH, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; DMD, Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; AB, Physical Sciences, Colgate University.

Latest Publications

Hahn, K.A., Hatch, E.E., Rothman, K.J., Mikkelsen, E.M., Brogly, S.B., Sorensen, H.T., et al. (2015). History of oral contraceptive use and risk of spontaneous abortion. Annals of Epidemiology, 25 (12):936-941.
Gilbertson, D.T., Bradbury, B.D., Wetmore JB, , Weinhandl ED, , Monda KL, , Liu, J., Brookhart, M.A., Gustafson SK, , Roberts T, , Collins, A.J., Collins, A.J., & Rothman, K.J. (2015). Controlling confounding of treatment effects in administrative data in the presence of time-varying baseline confounders. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Advance Online Publication .
Radin, R.G., Rothman, K.J., Hatch, E.E., Mikkelsen, E.M., Sorensen, H.T., Riis, A.H., et al. (2015). Maternal Recall Error in Retrospectively Reported Time-to-Pregnancy: an Assessment and Bias Analysis. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 29 (6):576-588.
Cueto, H.T., Riis, A.H., Hatch, E.E., Wise, L.A., Rothman, K.J., Sorensen, H.T., et al. (2015). Folic acid supplement use and menstrual cycle characteristics: A cross-sectional study of Danish pregnancy planners. Annals of Epidemiology, 25 (10):723-729.e1.
Boccia, S., Rothman, K.J., Panic, N., Flacco, M.E., Rosso, A., Pastorino, R., et al. (2015). Registration practices for observational studies on indicated low adherence. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Advance Online Publication .
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  • Epidemiologic Study Design and Data Analysis
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Cancer
  • Birth Defects