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Epidemiologist Leads, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 10, 2013

(two contract positions)
Job ID: 13-0141 + 13-0142

Organizational Overview

Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a Crown corporation 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 Details    

Position Title: Epidemiologist Leads (two full time contract positions)
Departments: Communicable Diseases (CD) unit (one), and Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Diseases (EZVBD) unit (one)
Reports to: Manager of the respective unit the position is working in
Duration: Temporary full-time (13 month contact with EZVBD and 11 month contract with CD)
Position Status: Open

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Bargaining Unit: AMAPCEO
Classification: 20PRS - Research Science
Salary: $74,198 - $95,959 annually

Posting Date: September 26, 2013
Closing Date: October 10, 2013

To provide professional epidemiologic services specific to communicable diseases or enteric, zoonotic and vector borne diseases in alignment with the strategic priorities of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Department at Public Health Ontario.

To provide guidance, mentorship and coaching to epidemiologists and health analysts within Public Health Ontario.

These fixed term positions may be filled as a secondment or a direct employment opportunity.

Key Responsibilities    

  • Plans, coordinates, completes, and oversees project-specific teams and responsibilities within PHO.
  • Coordinates population health assessment and surveillance data-gathering processes to provide timely information to PHO and its key stakeholders, either as part of regular reporting activities, or on an as-needed basis for special purposes.
  • Reviews current data to enable and support decision-making processes for PHO and its stakeholders; responds to requests from stakeholders.
  • Provides expertise to support the programs and services, epidemiologic research, population health assessment and surveillance activities of PHO to generate scientific and technical knowledge for evidence based communication, decision making, planning and implementation of public health policies and programs.
  • Monitors current local, provincial, national and international trends in epidemiologic activity and reports in a timely manner.
  • Oversees complex data retrievals to meet health information requirements from key stakeholders, reporting obligations (e.g. to PHAC, MOHLTC) and to support the conduct of epidemiologic research and routine operations.
  • Coordinates development of internal PHO policies and procedures surrounding the work of epidemiologists and other professional and support staff.
  • Provides expert-level subject-matter expertise and resource support to PHO colleagues.
  • Liaises as necessary with stakeholders and resources in various health sector, research and regulatory institutions, and builds strong working relationships between these and PHO.
  • Presents findings, initiatives and relevant PHO activities at local, regional, national and international forums as appropriate.
  • Liaises with government, public health, research and academic institutions to contribute to, and keep appraised of best practices in surveillance methodology, information and reporting tools.
  • Prepares and/or reviews scientific and technical publications of trends, investigative findings and research initiatives to internal audiences and the broader public health community as appropriate.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of, and skills in disease surveillance, research, statistics, disease control and public health, including expertise in the application of univariate and multivariate analysis techniques, analysis of categorical and continuous data and advanced modelling.
  • Knowledge of, skills in infectious and/or non-infectious diseases surveillance, designing and managing surveillance systems, procuring data, preparing reports and editing reports with scientific rigour.
  • Proficient in the use of data sets, spreadsheets, databases and statistical software such as iPHIS, SAS, SPSS, Stata, Cognos ReportNet (CRN), Epi‐Info and Access with knowledge of other software packages and programming languages to develop programs as necessary for data manipulation, collection, reporting and analysis.
  • Knowledge of population health indicators, current public health issues, epidemiological concepts, public health research, statistical analysis, health analytic methods, and techniques to analyze data, including trend analysis.
  • Organizational and project management skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and meet competing deadlines.
  • Leadership skills to coach and mentor staff.
  • Expertise in influencing public health policy and practice at local, provincial and/or national level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant regulations and regulatory trends in epidemiology, public health, population health assessment and surveillance.
  • Knowledge of microbiology laboratory operations and surveillance.
  • Knowledge and understanding of PHO’s mandate, relevant legislation such as the HPPA and PHIPPA and the Ontario Public Health Standards.
  • Skills in managing large databases and personal health information and analyzing these data using statistical software packages.
  • Skills in organizing a research study from design to reporting, including initiative conceptualizing novel approaches to new and existing issues.
  • Ability to critically evaluate and synthesize relevant sources of information.
  • Skill and ability to work in a matrix management structure and within cross disciplinary teams
  • Sound judgment and ability to handle matters of a confidential/sensitive nature.

Education and Experience    

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, community health or related field.
  • Minimum five years of experience as an epidemiologist in a public health or related setting.
  • Subject matter experience with one or more of the groups of reportable diseases covered by the two units hiring.

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Your cover letter and resume must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications/competencies.

Thank you for your interest in this position.  Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.