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Epidemiologist, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline July 11, 2011

Public Health Ontario
Draft Job Description (June 20, 2011)

Working Title:
(Temporary Full-time 6 month secondment or contract position)

Organization Summary:

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is an arm’s-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians.  For more information about PHO, visit

Position Summary:  

Reporting to the Manager, Analytic Services, the position is responsible for providing content expertise,  technical and analytical support to the Chronic Disease Prevention Blueprint Partnership, a joint initiative between PHO and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). Over the next six months, the Partnership will be collaborating on the development of a Chronic Disease Prevention Blueprint comprised of key recommendations for government policy interventions addressing four key risk factors contributing to chronic disease: tobacco, healthy eating, active living and alcohol. In addition, the Blueprint will contain overarching, system-level recommendations for the prevention of chronic disease. Panels with expertise in the key risk factor areas will be established to vet the recommendations, which will be presented at a Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) event in December 2011.

The Epidemiologist will support the Partnership with the development of evidence summaries which review the known epidemiological relationships linking tobacco use, healthy eating, active living and alcohol use to chronic disease. This includes reviewing literature and providing knowledge syntheses and advice to the Partnership and supporting the development and finalization of the Blueprint recommendations.  The Epidemiologist will also provide analytic support to the Partnership in collaboration with CCO as requested.

Key Responsibilities:

The Epidemiologist will be responsible for:

  • Leading the epidemiological review and synthesis of evidence linking tobacco use, healthy eating, active living and alcohol use to chronic disease.
  • Developing (or providing input into the development of) written reports, including evidence summaries and knowledge syntheses, to assist the Partnership with decision making and priority setting;
  • Providing analytic support to the Partnership in collaboration with CCO as requested.
  • Assisting with the development of materials for Partnership meetings/teleconferences, including sessions to engage the International Expert Panels;
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with CCO and within Public Health Ontario and their surveillance and epidemiology and health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention networks and partners;
  • Representing  PHO and promoting its mandate and strategic initiatives through presentations, and other activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of chronic disease and related risk factor epidemiology, statistics, disease control, and public health.
  • Demonstrated numeracy skills to analyze data and communicate data visually;
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills to develop reports and presentations to inform and communicate strategically;
  • Demonstrated project management, research, and analytical skills, including knowledge syntheses and report preparation;
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrated computer and data management skills with proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project 2003) and statistical packages.

Education and Experience:

  • A graduate degree in epidemiology or a related field, and related experience

Working Conditions:

  • Working in the provincial office located at 480 University Avenue
  • General office environment, mostly sitting, limited physical activity required
  • PC use is approximately 90% of time
  • Access to on-site fitness facilities

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