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Epidemiologist - Applied Immunization Research, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 16, 2015

Nine month contract

Job ID 15-0308

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.

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Position Details    

Position Title: Epidemiologist
Department: Applied Immunization Research
Duration: Temporary full-time (nine month contract)
Location: 480 University Avenue
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Job Code: Group 5
Salary: $63,330 - $89,163
Position Status: Open
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Posting Date: September 1, 2015
Closing Date: September 16, 2015

Job Summary:

Provide professional epidemiologic services to Applied Immunization Research in alignment with the strategic priorities of Public Health Ontario.

Key Responsibilities    

  • To conduct the research, data management, analysis and writing related to a PHO project initiation funded study “Cost-effectiveness of the public health response to measles outbreaks during elimination: is it worth the effort?” in order to meet the following objectives:
    • To describe the epidemiology of the 2015 measles outbreak in Ontario
    • To determine the cost of measles containment in Local and Provincial public health agencies
    • To determine the benefits of measles containment including the number of potential cases prevented, treatment cost avoided and increases in immunization coverage
    • To determine the cost-effectiveness of measles containment from the perspectives of provincial and local public health agencies (LPHAs) and the healthcare payer in terms of cost-per-case-prevented and cost-per-Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY) gained.
  • Identifies, sources, and prepares data to enable and support the project for PHO and its stakeholders.
  • Provides expertise to support epidemiologic and economic research.
  • Identifies appropriate data sources, designs and conducts complex data retrievals.
  • Provides 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 scientific and technical publications to communicate research findings to internal audience 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 and working with infectious and non-infectious diseases data sources, running surveillance systems, procuring data, preparing reports and editing reports with scientific rigour.
  • Knowledge of, and skills in methods used routinely for analyzing data including sample size calculations, comparison of categorical and continuous data, stratification and pooling of odds ratios, multivariate analysis.
  • Infectious disease epidemiology experience is desired.
  • Knowledge of, and skills in, health economic analysis.
  • Experience of health economics analysis is desired
  • Aptitude for writing scientific papers and reports.
  • Knowledge of microbiology laboratory operations and surveillance.
  • Knowledge 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.
  • Organizational and project management skills to prioritize effectively and meet competing deadlines.
  • Skills in organizing a research study from conception, through design to reporting.
  • Ability to critically evaluate and synthesize relevant sources of information.

Education and Experience    

  • Master's degree in epidemiology, community health or related field.
  • Minimum of two to four years of experience as an epidemiologist in a public health or related setting.

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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, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.