The West Virginia University School of Public Health Dean’s Colloquium Series will feature John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), on October 15 at 1pm. A live webcast of the event will be available.
John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, will visit WVU for a discussion about the impact of the nation’s opioid epidemic on the U.S. workforce. Dr. Howard is the Director of NIOSH and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. His lecture, “Perspectives on the U.S. Opioid Epidemic,” will begin at 1:00 p.m. and include a Q&A session. The webcast will be available online.
Howard first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to the present. In 2015, Dr. Howard was re-appointed to an unprecedented third six-year term by Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are thrilled to be hosting someone with Dr. Howard’s expertise for our speaker series,” said Jeffrey Coben, dean of the WVU School of Public Health. “As the director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard is a widely recognized public health expert with broad interests. The current opioid epidemic and its impact on the nation’s workforce and occupational health are of particular concern to NIOSH and public health practitioners everywhere.”