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Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline: May 4, 2012

Windsor Site

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of the Infectious Disease Prevention Department, the Infectious Disease Epidemiologist will provide epidemiological expertise, including knowledge related to the collection, analysis, and timely reporting of data for assessing infectious disease information in Essex County.

Position Responsibilities

This position supports the data quality framework for population health assessment, surveillance and research programs.  Specific responsibilities include:

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

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

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

·     Facilitates the use of epidemiological evidence by providing and integrating community health status information in program and service planning, monitoring, and evaluation

·     Identifies emerging issues and trends related to community health status and proposes appropriate responses

·     Prepares community health status reports by performing epidemiological analysis and interpretation of data. Uses appropriate computer applications and presents results in an understandable format including charts, graphs, maps, etc.

·     Applies quality assurance methods for epidemiological analysis and reports

·     Prepares reports for the Board of Health, City Council and its 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 the Health Unit staff on community health status information, epidemiological, statistical, survey, and evaluative methods

·     Responds to requests for community health status information from staff, the public, external agencies, 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

·     There will be no data support person assigned to assist the Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

·     The Epidemiologist is expected to be available for province-wide epidemic investigations, as needed by the provincial Ministry of Health (due to the condition of the funding program)

·     The successful candidate must work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all policies and procedures of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

·     The epidemiologist will work in accordance with the Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol (2008) as it applies to the Infectious Diseases Program Standards of the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008)

 

Qualifications

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

·     Master’s Degree in Epidemiology

·     Extensive experience in a public health or related agency

·     Several years experience using statistical software such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, EpiData, ArcGIS, and familiarity of using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other packages and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze, and report epidemiological data in Ontario

 

Requirements:

·     Knowledge of the principles and practice of infectious disease surveillance, including outbreak detection, investigation, and analysis

·     Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated skills in epidemiological and statistical methods, applied research, and current related best practices

·     Experience with the Integrated Public Health Information System (IPHIS) would be an asset

·     Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to meet competing priorities

·     Ability to take initiative, communicate effectively, prepare written reports, and make oral presentations

·     Ability to direct and work effectively with staff and to utilize positive problem solving solutions including negotiation and motivation

·     Sound knowledge of current public health issues, the theory and application of epidemiological concepts, trend analysis and forecasting, and quality assurance principles

·     Ability to work in a high pressure environment and respond to competing priorities

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

 

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a resumé by email to [email protected] with Reference #11, Attention: Nancy Whited, Director, Human Resources before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012.  For further information, please contact Theresa Marentette at ext. 1475 or [email protected].  We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the position; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.