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Epidemiologist--Communicable Diseases (Social Epidemiologist), Community and Neighbourhood Service Department, Public Health Division, City of Toronto

Major Responsibilities

Reports to the Manager of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit and provides epidemiological expertise, including knowledge related to the collection, analysis, and reporting of data, for assessing community health status and communicable disease control and prevention. Acts as a consultant on epidemiological, statistical and evaluative methods as they apply to communicable diseases.

* Initiates, plans, designs, organizes, implements and evaluates epidemiological research on health status factors that affect the health of the population in Toronto and the need for and delivery of public health services

* Develops and analyzes epidemiological and other related indicators and research strategies

* Identifies emerging issues and trends related to communicable disease and community health status and proposes appropriate response
* Prepares communicable disease-related, community health status, and other epidemiological reports by performing appropriate epidemiological analysis and interpretation of data. Uses appropriate computer applications and presents results in a useful, understandable format including charts, graphs, maps, etc.

* Applies quality assurance methods for epidemiological analysis and reports as appropriate

* Prepares reports for the Board of Health, City Council and its Standing Committees, and external organizations for the signature of the Medical Officer of Health or other management staff as directed

* Chairs or participates as a member of internal work groups and committees and represents the Medical Officer of Health on external work groups and committees

* Liaises with provincial ministries, health units, research and information organizations, other City Departments, external agencies, and partners to provide access to current epidemiology and community health status knowledge and for collaborative epidemiological research

* Provides consultation, training, and support to Toronto Public Health and other City staff on communicable disease control, community health status information, epidemiological, statistical, survey, and evaluative methods

* Prepares and delivers presentations on health status and epidemiological issues for staff, the public, external agencies, and community organizations as required

* Responds to requests for communicable disease and community health status information from staff, the public, external agencies and community organizations, and the media as directed

* Identifies research opportunities and funding sources that support public health practice and prepares grant applications to support research

* Identifies new opportunities, technologies, and methods for communicable disease surveillance, including reporting, data analysis and dissemination mechanisms

* Ensures access to current communicable disease epidemiological information by providing liaison with external partners and agencies

Key Qualifications

1. Master's degree in Epidemiology or related discipline or the approved equivalent combination of education and related experience

2. Extensive experience in a public health or related agency

3. Several years experience using Word, Excel, and other statistical software such as, SAS, SPSS, Epi-Info, and Map-Info and other software packages and programming languages currently used to access and analyze communicable disease and other health data in Ontario

4. Sound knowledge and demonstrated skills in epidemiological and statistical methods and applied research

5. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet competing priorities

6. Ability to communicate effectively, to prepare written reports, and makes oral presentations

7. Demonstrated ability to direct and work effectively with staff and to utilize positive problem solving solutions

8. Sound knowledge of current public health issues, epidemiological concepts, trend analysis, and forecasting and quality assurance principles

9. Ability to work in a high-pressure environment and respond to competing priorities

10. Ability to work flexible hours (i.e., occasional evenings and weekends) when necessary

Status: Permanent

To apply for this position, please send us a resume and cover letter, quoting File # X4CNS6695, using one of the following methods:

Fax (416) 397-9818, or

Email [email protected] or

Mail to Employment Services, Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6

Applications must be received by November 30, 2004.

Salary: $33.76-$37.24 per hour (35 hours per week)

Committed to employment equity, the City of Toronto encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted

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