Dr. Howarth’s career in Public Health began when she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta. She worked with communities and government agencies to investigate occupational and environmental problems. After leaving the CDC, Dr. Howarth worked with Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ re-shaping their Occupational Health efforts by reaching out to employers to provide medical services to their workers.
At the University of Pennsylvania she is the Director of Consultation Services for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In that role she performs worksite evaluations and helps patients and communities with the effects of environmental exposures. Dr. Howarth has experience evaluating and treating patients with exposure to heavy metals, solvents, mold, respiratory allergens, and musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Howarth has participated with CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institutes of Health and the Camden County Technical Advisory Board to work on topics as diverse as latex allergy, the health effects of air pollution, and lead and radiological contamination.