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Epidemiologist, Windsor Essex Health Unit

Non-Union
Salary under review
70 hours per pay period plus comprehensive benefits package
                    
Windsor Site (1005 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario)

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion and in consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, 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) and the new Ontario Public Health Standards.

Position Responsibilities

  • Initiate, plan, and implement epidemiological research to support Health Unit planning, evaluation, and activities in regard to population health assessment and surveillance
  • Conduct activities related to epidemiological research including: develop project plans, plan methodology, design surveys, create databases, collect, manage, 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, PHPDB - Data Warehouse, SEER*Stat, IPHIS, ISCIS)
  • Prepare community health status reports including, communicable disease-related, and other epidemiological components as required
  • Respond to requests for community health status and disease prevalence/incidence information from the media as directed by the Medical Officer of Health
  • Respond to requests for community health status and disease prevalence/incidence 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 health and 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, APHEO, local LHIN 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

Qualifications

The position requires

  • Masters Degree in Epidemiology, courses/experience in outbreak/health hazard management would be an asset
  • Over two 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, EpiData, 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 licence 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
  • Competency in both official languages would be an asset

For further information, please contact Liz Haugh at (519) 258-2146 x1231 or [email protected].

Qualified individuals should forward their résumé and cover letter by November 13, 2007, to

Human Resource Officer
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
1005 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario   N9A 4J8
Fax: (519) 258-6003
[email protected]

For information about our organization, visit http://www.wechealthunit.org.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit wishes to thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will receive written acknowledgement.