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Health Analyst at the City of Hamilton, Surveillance Unit, Health Protection Division, Public Health Services

Public Health Services (Office of the Medical Officer of Health - Surveillance Unit - Location - 1 Hughson Street North, 4th Floor)

1 Permanent Full Time Position
Reference # 5150

Summary of Duties

Reporting to the Manager Surveillance Unit. The Health Analyst shall manage projects relating to Public Health Surveillance which includes data collection, management, analysis and report generation.

General Duties

  • Participates in the data management, analysis and methodology of Infectious Disease Surveillance for the Reportable Diseases including WNV and Pandemic Influenza.
  • Participates in data maintenance and management processes.
  • Monitors community events and trends through locating and assembling data, analyzing data and generating reports in consultation with other health professionals.
  • Identifies and secures various sources of data, determines methods of collecting and creating information.
  • Provides statistical and methodological consultation for population health assessment and surveillance activities.
  • Converts relevant data into information through the production of graphs and tables in consultation with Public Health Services managers, analysts, epidemiologists and key informants in the community through an iterative editing process.
  • Collaborates extensively within Health Protection Branch, Public Health Services and/or within the community to collect, analyze and convert data to useful information.
  • Manages projects relevant to applied public health surveillance, population assessment and research which include planning methodology, data management, analysis and collection.
  • In consultation with the epidemiologist, participate in outbreak/health hazard investigations providing expertise related to data collection, management and analysis.
  • Provides consultation or information for professional students in affiliated universities.
  • Participates as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Works in accordance with the provisions of applicable Health and Safety legislation and all City of Hamilton corporate and departmental policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Performs other duties as assigned which are directly related to the major responsibilities of the position.


  1. University training in epidemiology, health informatics, and health research methodology/health services research or related field. Master's level preferred.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in public health such as surveillance, program planning, implementation and evaluation, health promotion strategies, theoretical models, community health measurement, critical appraisal of literature, methods or community participation, research methods and policy analysis.
  3. Experience and demonstrated ability in project management and professional consultation.
  4. Data retrieval and management skills, including demonstrated ability to design and manage databases, including statistical analysis on computer e.g. demonstrated working knowledge of Access, CRN/SAS/STATA, or SQL/Visual Basic, Excel or related programs.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work within interdisciplinary teams.
  6. Knowledge of iPHIS and Cognos Reportnet desirable.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  8. Highly developed analytical, conceptual and technical skills.
  9. Highly developed interpersonal skills, personal integrity and professional commitment.
  10. Must be able to work in an independent and confidential manner, making sound judgements based on results of research and/or consultation and the balancing of competing interests.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team to effectively manage projects in a results oriented environment with the ability to plan, assign, and co-ordinate the work of multi-disciplinary project teams, including excellent communication and organizational skills.
  12. Demonstrated understanding of municipal government operations and its relationships with community partners, other municipalities, the Province and Federal governments.
  13. Ability to deal effectively with elected officials, representatives of other levels of government, management, peers, staff and the general public.
  14. Demonstrated ability to work in a variety of interdisciplinary teams.
  15. Ability to work under pressure to meet tight externally and internally driven deadlines.
  16. Knowledge of Infectious Diseases desirable.

Salary: Salary Grade 4
$54,488.98 - $64,105.86 per annum
Hours: 35 per week


This position will be transferring to CUPE 5167 and will be evaluated on the CUPE 5167 Job Evaluation Plan.

The Incumbent Shall Comply with All Health and Safety Policies and Practices for this
Position and the Workplace.

This posting closes on March 12, 2008.

Please forward your resume, quoting Ref # 5150 and the job title, to

Human Resources
P.O. Box 2040
Station LCD1
Hamilton, ON L8N 0A3
Fax - 905-546-2650

When delivering your resume in person, please visit us between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, at our physical address:

120 King Street West, 9th Floor
Hamilton, ON

We thank all who have applied, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

A Non-smoking environment.