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Practicum Placement, Timiskaming Health Unit

Temiskaming Shores, Ontario
Deadline April 7, 2017

Position Summary:

We are offering placement opportunities for graduate students wishing to gain experience in the field of public health. As part of a dynamic team the student will have an opportunity to collaborate with diverse staff—a Research, Planning and Policy Analyst, an Epidemiologist, Public Health Promoters, Dietitians and Nurses—to assist with effective public health practice related to planning and health equity as outlined in current and proposed Ontario Public Health Standards.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Public health programs and services that are informed by evidence are the foundation for effective public health practice. Under the supervision of a preceptor the student will contribute to multiple projects including assisting with assessment of local need and tailoring public health programs and services. Possible project include:

  1. Situational Assessment - Indigenous Health
    • Compile an internal living situational assessment document detailing current quantitative and qualitative data available within THU regarding the indigenous population in Timiskaming. This document shall integrate what is known related to PEEST (political, environmental, economic, social and technological factors) analysis at the local, regional and provincial level. Quality of existing data and data limitations shall be described.
    • Draft a communication tools to present the above situational assessment information quickly and clearly with a variety of audiences.
  2. Situational Assessment - School and Daycare
    • Support the development of situational assessments for the school and child care contexts in Timiskaming and help identify interventions for the topic, population and setting of interest.  

Experience gained could include:

  • Gathering, analyzing/appraising and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative population health data information and intervention research.
  • Supporting literature reviews and environmental scans.
  • Preparing knowledge exchange and communication tools.


  • Candidates must be enrolled in a Masters of Public Health (MPH) or equivalent degree program.
  • Ability to work independently (under the supervision of a practicum placement staff).
  • Strong research and analysis skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent communication and knowledge exchange skills.

Compensation:  A stipend of $200 per week is available to the successful placement applicant.

Period & Hours of Work: Practicum placement opportunities are available between April and August 2017. Hours of work are 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Applications will be accepted until April 7, 2017. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Please apply to:        

Randy Winters,
Director of Corporate Services
Timiskaming Health Unit
247 Whitewood Avenue, Unit 43, P.O. Box 1090
New Liskeard, ON POJ 1PO

Timiskaming Health Unit is committed to an inclusive, barrier free environment. We encourage all applicants to self-identify their barriers on their resumes and/or cover letter in order to provide accommodations in all steps of the hiring process. This is to ensure that all are able to participate fully and equally during the recruitment and selection process.