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Lunch Discussion 1

Future of Occupational Safet​​y and Health

Management and Leadership​ Track

Monday, October 30

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.​​

Moderator: Deborah Nelson, PhD, CIH, President, AIHA Board of Directors, Fall Church, VA.

Presenter: John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, Director NIOSH, Washington, DC.

Dr. Howard will discuss some of the issues that are impacting the future of work such as new work arrangements, automation, robotics, and advanced manufacturing.​



Name and Bio

​John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, Director NIOSH, Washington, D.C.

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM serves as 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. He 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, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard received his MD from Loyola University of Chicago, his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, his JD from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Master of Law in Administrative Law and his MBA in Healthcare Management from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.​