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Kenneth J. Rothman

Kenneth J. Rothman

Distinguished Fellow, Vice President of Epidemiology Research, RTI Health Solutions


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.

Kenneth J. Rothman, DrPH, is a Distinguished Fellow and Vice President for Epidemiology Research at RTI Health Solutions. He is also Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Boston University. His main career interest has been the development and teaching of the concepts and methods of epidemiologic research. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 scholarly publications, most of which are original epidemiologic research studies. 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. In addition to publishing original research, he has devoted time to several other efforts related to the conduct of research. He has written extensively on ethical issues relating to the conduct of science. He regularly teaches intensive courses on epidemiologic research principles in the US and abroad. 

Dr. Rothman has also dedicated a large proportion of his professional effort to editorial activities and publishing. He was the founding editor of the journal Epidemiology, and has served as assistant editor of the American Journal of Public Health, editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, 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 of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. He has written two widely-read epidemiologic textbooks: Modern Epidemiology, first published in 1986 by Little, Brown and Co., now in its 3rd edition, is a comprehensive advanced text of epidemiologic methods; and Epidemiology: An Introduction, published in 2002 by Oxford University Press, is now in its 2nd edition.

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