Aaron J. Cohen, MPH, DSc
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
DSc, Boston University

Aaron J. Cohen, MPH, DSc, is Principal Scientist at the Health Effects Institute (HEI) in Boston, MA, where he has worked since 1990. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

At HEI, Dr. Cohen manages an international program of epidemiologic research on the health effects of air pollution and is involved in developing and managing HEI’s US and international research programs. In these capacities he led HEI’s review of the literature on the health effects of air pollution in the developing countries of Asia and is co-coordinator of HEI’s Health Outcomes Research program, which assesses the health impacts of actions taken to improve air quality.

Past HEI responsibilities have included organizing and managing epidemiologic research projects such as the Reanalysis of the American Cancer Society and Six-City studies of air pollution and mortality and multicity time series studies of air pollution and daily mortality in Europe, North America, Asia, and Latin America. Since 1999 Dr. Cohen has served as a Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence, air pollution health impact assessment, and air quality guideline development, and has served as a member of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working groups on diesel exhaust and outdoor air pollution. He co-chaired the Expert Groups that produced
estimates of the Global Burden of Disease due to urban air pollution in 2000 and ambient air pollution for the Global Burden of Disease 2010 project. Dr. Cohen is a member of the Core Analytic Team of the Global Burden of Disease 2013.

Dr. Cohen holds a DSc in Epidemiology (1991) and Master of Public Health (1985) from the Boston University School of Public Health. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist and worked for 15 years in newborn intensive care and subsequently as Research Associate in Perinatal Epidemiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Pope CA, Cohen AJ, Burnett RT. Cardiovascular Disease and Fine Particulate Matter: Lessons and Limitations of an Integrated Exposure-Response Approach. Circ Res. 2018 Jun 08; 122(12):1645-1647. PMID: 29880499.
  2. Yin P, Brauer M, Cohen A, Burnett RT, Liu J, Liu Y, Liang R, Wang W, Qi J, Wang L, Zhou M. Long-term Fine Particulate Matter Exposure and Nonaccidental and Cause-specific Mortality in a Large National Cohort of Chinese Men. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 11 07; 125(11):117002. PMID: 29116930.
  3. Cohen AJ, Brauer M, Burnett R, Anderson HR, Frostad J, Estep K, Balakrishnan K, Brunekreef B, Dandona L, Dandona R, Feigin V, Freedman G, Hubbell B, Jobling A, Kan H, Knibbs L, Liu Y, Martin R, Morawska L, Pope CA, Shin H, Straif K, Shaddick G, Thomas M, van Dingenen R, van Donkelaar A, Vos T, Murray CJL, Forouzanfar MH. Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015. Lancet. 2017 May 13; 389(10082):1907-1918. PMID: 28408086; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30505-6;.
  4. Héroux ME, Anderson HR, Atkinson R, Brunekreef B, Cohen A, Forastiere F, Hurley F, Katsouyanni K, Krewski D, Krzyzanowski M, Künzli N, Mills I, Querol X, Ostro B, Walton H. Response to: Premature deaths attributed to ambient air pollutants: let us interpret the Robins-Greenland theorem correctly. Int J Public Health. 2017 04; 62(3):339-341. PMID: 28299391.
  5. Turner MC, Cohen A, Burnett RT, Jerrett M, Diver WR, Gapstur SM, Krewski D, Samet JM, Pope CA. Interactions between cigarette smoking and ambient PM2.5 for cardiovascular mortality. Environ Res. 2017 04; 154:304-310. PMID: 28142053.
  6. Archer-Nicholls S, Carter E, Kumar R, Xiao Q, Liu Y, Frostad J, Forouzanfar MH, Cohen A, Brauer M, Baumgartner J, Wiedinmyer C. The Regional Impacts of Cooking and Heating Emissions on Ambient Air Quality and Disease Burden in China. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Sep 06; 50(17):9416-23. PMID: 27479733.
  7. West JJ, Cohen A, Dentener F, Brunekreef B, Zhu T, Armstrong B, Bell ML, Brauer M, Carmichael G, Costa DL, Dockery DW, Kleeman M, Krzyzanowski M, Künzli N, Liousse C, Lung SC, Martin RV, Pöschl U, Pope CA, Roberts JM, Russell AG, Wiedinmyer C. "What We Breathe Impacts Our Health: Improving Understanding of the Link between Air Pollution and Health". Environ Sci Technol. 2016 May 17; 50(10):4895-904. PMID: 27010639.
  8. Héroux ME, Brunekreef B, Anderson HR, Atkinson R, Cohen A, Forastiere F, Hurley F, Katsouyanni K, Krewski D, Krzyzanowski M, Künzli N, Mills I, Querol X, Ostro B, Walton H. Response to "Quantifying the health impacts of ambient air pollutants: methodological errors must be avoided". Int J Public Health. 2016 04; 61(3):387-8. PMID: 27113708.
  9. Nasari MM, Szyszkowicz M, Chen H, Crouse D, Turner MC, Jerrett M, Pope CA, Hubbell B, Fann N, Cohen A, Gapstur SM, Diver WR, Stieb D, Forouzanfar MH, Kim SY, Olives C, Krewski D, Burnett RT. A class of non-linear exposure-response models suitable for health impact assessment applicable to large cohort studies of ambient air pollution. Air Qual Atmos Health. 2016; 9(8):961-972. PMID: 27867428.
  10. Brauer M, Freedman G, Frostad J, van Donkelaar A, Martin RV, Dentener F, van Dingenen R, Estep K, Amini H, Apte JS, Balakrishnan K, Barregard L, Broday D, Feigin V, Ghosh S, Hopke PK, Knibbs LD, Kokubo Y, Liu Y, Ma S, Morawska L, Sangrador JL, Shaddick G, Anderson HR, Vos T, Forouzanfar MH, Burnett RT, Cohen A. Ambient Air Pollution Exposure Estimation for the Global Burden of Disease 2013. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Jan 05; 50(1):79-88. PMID: 26595236.
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