Professor Kenneth J. Rothman

Kenneth Rothman

Professor Kenneth J. Rothman has been appointed honorary doctor at Aarhus University in recognition of his founding role in the development of modern theoretical epidemiology. He has made a substantial contribution to the understanding of two key concepts in epidemiological and clinical research, namely effect modification/interaction and a model for causality.

Rothman has developed the theoretical and mathematical basis for the term biological interaction. His theoretical advances have been of great significance partly in the development of epidemiological analyses of numerous simultaneous risk factors – and partly in the understanding between causality and preventive medicine.

The newly appointed honorary doctor is the principal author of the most commonly used and cited epidemiological textbook worldwide and he has also published his results in leading medical journals. Rothman’s scientific publications have been cited more than 55,000 times, and his h-index is 93.

He has had a close collaboration with Aarhus University since 1992, where has taught and held seminars regularly, and he has been awarded several National lnstitutes of Health grants in cooperation with Aarhus University. Kenneth J. Rothman has co-authored more than 75 articles with researchers from Aarhus University.



1972: DrPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health 

1970: MPH in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health      

1969: DDM from Harvard School of Dental Medicine           

1966: BSc from Colgate University                  

Positions in recent years:

2012–: Honorary professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University   

1988–: Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health            

1972–1988: Harvard School of Public Health                           

Kenneth J. Rothman has also been affiliated other institutions, includingHarvard Medical School and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden

Recent prizes and honorary awards:

2017                    Society for Epidemiological Research Career Accomplishment Award

2015                    Harlan Austin Invited Lecturer, Emory University School of Public Health

2014                    Abraham Lilienfeld Award for Excellence in Epidemiology, American College of Epidemiology

2014                    Cutter Lecturer, Harvard University School of Public Health