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Epidemiologist--Hospital Infection, Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion

Organization Summary

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection & Promotion (OAHPP) is a centre for specialized research and knowledge in public health, focusing in the areas of infectious disease, infection control and prevention, health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention, and environmental health.  It provides technical and scientific assistance, rapid on-site field support, as needed, specialized communication and training, as well as standards input and practical tools for implementing best practices.

The Agency was created by the Ontario Government as a result of its commitment to Operation Health Protection, through the Health System Improvements Act (Bill 171).  As Ontario's first ever provincial Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, the Agency brings academic, clinical, and government experts together to create a centre of public health excellence in the province.

Position Summary

The Epidemiologist, reporting to the Director Surveillance and Epidemiology,  supports critical corporate and laboratory Agency areas as part of a surveillance and epidemiology team, specifically to build the Agency's vigilance of, and responsiveness to outbreaks and other emerging infectious disease epidemiological trends.  The Epidemiologist works closely with corporate and laboratory professionals to collect, interpret, and relate episodic and regular jurisdictional surveillance data.  

The Epidemiologist supports the Agency's surveillance and outbreak detection/response strategies and tactics in conjunction with the Senior Epidemiologist and other members of the corporate and scientific teams.   In addition to resourcing the Agency's corporate intelligence of epidemiological activities, the Epidemiologist also liaises with government, public health, research, and academic institutes to contribute to and keep apprised of best practices in surveillance methodology, information and reporting tools, and outbreak detection/response.  

Knowledge & Skills

  • Expert knowledge and experience of infectious disease surveillance, research, advanced statistics, infectious disease control, and public health.
  • Expert understanding of relevant regulations and regulatory trends in epidemiology, public health and surveillance (e.g. privacy legislation).
  • presentation and deployment into teams of multi-disciplinary professionals.
  • Understanding of microbiology laboratory operations and processes.
  • Strong writing and editing skills to prepare and review Agency reports, briefing notes, letters, and position papers.  

Education & Experience

  • Completion of graduate-level training in microbiology and public-health, epidemiology, or biostatistics.
  • Between two and four years experience as an epidemiologist in a public-health facility, with similar involvement in identifying or working with infectious disease data sources; running surveillance systems, procuring data, preparing reports, and editing these with scientific rigour.
  • Experience managing and analysing data, including outbreak detection, trend analysis, and software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA.
  • Experience influencing public-health policy and practice, having introduced new initiatives and implemented them.
  • Experience of hospital infection control and/or hospital epidemiology

E-mail your resume referencing EPI-ID-01 to careers@oahpp.ca by Friday, November 28, 2008.  For detailed information about the position and the Agency please visit our website at http://www.oahpp.ca/careers.php.