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Epidemiologist, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit


Salary under review (70 hours per pay period plus comprehensive benefits package)

Windsor Site (1005 Ouellette Avenue)

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion and in consultation with the Manager of the Information Resources Department, the Epidemiologist will be working within a public health setting to provide leadership and expertise in population health assessment, health surveillance, health protection, health promotion, and disease and injury prevention. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the Epidemiologist will conduct duties consistent with the requirements of the Program Planning and Evaluation Standard of the most current version of the Mandatory Programs and Services Guidelines (1997).

Position Responsibilities

* Initiate, plan, and implement epidemiological research to support Health Unit planning and evaluation activities

* Conduct activities related to epidemiological research including: develop project plans, plan methodology, design surveys, create databases, collect, manag,e and analyze data sets

* Monitor community trends and health status through collection, retrieval, and analysis of local health data from a number of provincial sources (e.g., HELPS, RRFSS, CCHS)

* Prepare community health status, communicable disease-related, and other epidemiological reports as required

* Respond to requests for community health status and disease prevalence information from the media as directed by the Medical Officer of Health

* Respond to requests for community health status and disease prevalence information from staff, the public, and external organizations in accordance with HU policy

* Provide epidemiological expertise and data analysis in the management of disease outbreaks and health hazards as required

* Identify emerging issues and trends related to disease and community health status

* Identify new opportunities, technologies, and methods for disease surveillance, including reporting, database management, data analysis, and dissemination mechanisms

* Prepare reports for the Medical Officer of Health, the Divisional Directors, the Board of Health, and external organizations as directed

* Chair/participate as a member of internal work groups and committees and represent the HU on external work groups and committees as required

* Liaise with provincial ministries, health units, and external agencies and partners to ensure access to current trends in epidemiology and to participate in collaborative epidemiological research

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

* Provide consultation, training, and support to staff on community health status information, epidemiological, statistical, and survey methods


The position requires

* Masters Degree in Epidemiology, courses/experience in outbreak/health hazard management would be an asset

* Over 2 years' experience as an Epidemiologist in a population health setting would be an asset

* In-depth knowledge of current issues and practices related to epidemiology, public health, and health outcomes

* Demonstrated experience in using public health indicators

* Knowledge and skills in community health measurement, research, program planning, and evaluation

* Computer proficiency in statistical and epidemiological software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Epi-Info, HELPS, and specialized programs such as BI Query, BI Analyze and other emerging survey tools

* Data management skills, including the ability to design and analyze databases using Excel and/or Access

* Experience with Internet, intranet, and external data warehouse environments and their application to related projects and programs

* Excellent communication skills with the ability to summarize complex data into understandable, user-friendly explanations and formats for management and staff

* A valid Ontario driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle for use on corporate business

* Core competencies include project management, presentation skills, customer service, self-management, ability to work with interdisciplinary teams, flexible, and accountable

* Ability to work flexible hours as required

* Police Clearance (Standard County)

* Competency in both official languages would be an asset

For further information, please contact Melanie Gillespie, Manager, Information Resources at (519) 258-2146 x1331 or

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