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Student Practicum, Knowledge Management Division, Epidemiology and Evaluation Department, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline March 31, 2017

2  positions, May – August, 2017
Windsor Site

Overall Job Responsibility:

As part of a dynamic, inter-dependent team in a public health setting, the student will provide support in population health assessment and surveillance using demonstrated knowledge related to the collection, analysis, and timely reporting of data. The student will conduct duties consistent with the requirements of the Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol for the Ontario Public Health Standards and will broadly support the OPHS Foundational Standards.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

The students will be responsible for completing multiple projects:

Community Water Fluoridation

  1. Literature Review of Community Water Fluoridation: The student will be responsible for completing a plain-language scoping review of the literature related to the population-wide health impacts of community water fluoridation.
  2. Oral Health Report Cards: 2016-2017 dental screening data from the Oral Health Information Support System (OHISS) will be analyzed and reported in the form of a plain-language report card that will be disseminated to schools throughout Windsor-Essex County.
  3. Community Water Fluoridation Data Analysis: The student will be responsible for analyzing OHISS data along with socioeconomic data to determine the association between water fluoridation and oral health status in children.

Environmental Health & Infectious Disease

  1. Radon Report: The student will work closely with the epidemiologist in analyzing radon levels along with sociodemographic data to identify priority areas and future direction with program planning. The report generated will be used for program planning purposes as well as future health promotion campaigns to address areas with high levels of radon in the community.
  2. Tuberculosis Report: The student will be responsible for putting together a comprehensive tuberculosis report for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit using a provincial database. This report will assist with future planning and evaluation for the Infectious Disease Prevention program.

Position Qualifications

Education, training, & experience:

  • Must be a student currently enrolled in a Masters of Science program (Epidemiology) or Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) program.
  • Experience analysing data using statistical software such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, EpiData, ArcGIS, and familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other packages and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze, and report epidemiological data in Ontario.
  • Previous experience working on epidemiological projects would be considered an asset.

Other Requirements:

  • Current knowledge of public health issues and indicators, the theory and application of epidemiological concepts, trend analysis and forecasting, quality assurance principles and related best practices.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to meet competing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Clear initiative and excellent communication skills, with the ability to present data and concepts to diverse audiences in oral and written format.
  • Ability to work effectively with staff and to utilize positive problem solving solutions, including negotiation and motivation.
  • Ability to work in a high pressure environment and respond to competing priorities.

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a resume in confidence by email to  with ‘Attention: Ramsey D’Souza, Manager of Epidemiology and Evaluation’ before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017.

For further information, please contact Ramsey D’Souza at