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Epidemiologist, The Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario

Deadline July 17, 2009

Notice of Job Vacancy

Posting No. 2009-1316

Classification: Epidemiologist, Full-time

Department/ Division: Public Health/Health Determinants, Planning & Evaluation

Location: 99 Regina St., S., Waterloo

Date of Posting: July 03, 2009

Brief Description of Duties: Provides epidemiological and statistical support to the Community Services Committee, the Medical Officer of Health/Commissioner, Public Health (MOH), various Public Health (PH) staff, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), and other external agencies, in the form of collection, analysis, and interpretation of data necessary to meet Ontario Public Health Standards, applicable legislation, and other prescribed regulations and standards. Supports the overall planning of PH by providing appropriate epidemiologic and socio-demographic information. Analyzes and interprets mortality, natality, morbidity, and risk-related statistics. Assists in the analysis and reporting of data using the Reportable Disease Information System, Integrated PH Information System, and the Integrated Services for Children Information System. Authorizes, directs, and carries out surveillance and population health assessment activities, including studies on the health status and quality of life of Waterloo Region residents. Supports and participates in research projects. Ensures data and information management policies and data user agreements for all databases used in PH are maintained. Develops innovative methods to illustrate data. Develops epidemiologic databases. Designs and conducts epidemiological studies. Oversees the application of the Geographic Information System to PH research, analysis, and program planning. Directly supervises a Health Data Analyst. Coordinates the work in the Epidemiology program area and for special projects, including database management, questionnaire coding, and entering collected information. Work requires intense visual and mental concentration, manual dexterity, prolonged sitting, and attention to detail 80% of the time when using a computer. Work is subject to regular travel to various locations within the Region and is frequently performed to meet strict deadlines.

Qualifications, Skills, Abilities Required: Advanced knowledge of epidemiological methodology, bio-statistics, and research and design, normally acquired through the attainment of a Master's Degree in Epidemiology, plus relevant, progressively responsible experience in conducting epidemiological research in a public health setting. Working knowledge of public health programming as well as the impact of social, economic, and environmental factors on health. Thorough working knowledge of relevant legislation, including Ontario Public Health Standards, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Analytical skills to determine methods and procedures to be used in research; gather and compile detailed health-related data; analyze and interpret data and make recommendations. Human relations and organizational skills to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment on research and planning for public health programs and policy; coordinate the work of supervised staff; advise, supervise, instruct, and train staff in specific work methods or procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of Regional staff, other government agencies, and the public; communicate effectively with Regional staff and the public; support PH staff in the use of epidemiological methods and statistics; gain access to information or health data from community agencies and the MOHLTC; and to participate as an effective team member. Proficiency in the use of a computer, using such software as Word, Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), Statistical Analysis Software, Geographic Information Systems, and Epi-Info; working knowledge of computerized information systems and database management. Ability to read and interpret professional journals, books, documents, manuals, health related acts and regulations, articles. Ability to compose reports, manuals, procedures, analyses, proposals, manuscripts, correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively with Regional staff, MOHLTC, and other external agencies. Ability to travel to various locations within the Region. Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.

Grade: I Wage/Salary: $65,265.20 – 81,572.40 per annum

Is Shift Work Normally Required: No

Please apply online at, by the closing date July 17, 2009 quoting competition number 2009-1316. Or, send your resume to:

The Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Staffing Coordinator

150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor

Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.

Fax: 519- 575-4454

We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.