Harold E. Howland, 67, a retired career Foreign Service Officer; who was deputy assistant secretary of State for international cultural affairs from 1965 to 1967, died Sunday in a hospital in Tampa, Fla., after a heart attack. He had been visiting a son in Florida.

Mr. Howland served in the State Department from 1951 to 1972. He dealt primarily with cultural and educational exchange programs. He also was a cultural attache in Vienna, Austria, in the early 1950s and in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 1960 to 1962.

After his years as deputy assistant secretary of State, he served as consul general in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 1967 until retiring from the Foreign Service in 1972.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Howland earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. Before World War II, he was a teacher and administrator in Pittsburgh-area schools and taught physics, chemistry, and biology at the University of Pittsburgh.

He served in this country with the Army during World War II and then went to Austria as a civilian education consultant to the U.S. high-commissioner there. He was the author of an English-language text, "American Life and Literature," that was used in the Austrian school system.

Mr. Howland was a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army reserves.

He had lived in this area since 1951 and was a resident of Vienna.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Vienna; two sons, Harold Jr., also of Vienna, and Charles of Fort Myers, Fla.; a daughter, Carol Pittard of Columbia, Md., and a brother, George, of Williamsburg, Va.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to organizations working in behalf of crippled children.