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Epidemiologist, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline November 16, 2012

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Epidemiology, Planning, Evaluation, and Quality (EPEQ) in the context of a dynamic, inter-dependent team in a public health setting, the Epidemiologist will provide leadership and expertise in population health assessment and surveillance. The Epidemiologist will conduct duties consistent with the requirements of the Population Health Assessment and Surveillance Protocol for the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008; OPHS) and will broadly support the implementation of the OPHS Foundational Standards. Core competencies include project management, presentation skills, customer service, self-management, team work, flexibility, and accountability.

Position Responsibilities

  • Initiate, plan, and implement epidemiological research and population health assessment and surveillance to support Health Unit planning and evaluation activities, with special emphasis in the areas of chronic disease prevention, prevention of injury and substance misuse, reproductive health, child health, and environmental health
  • Conduct activities related to epidemiological research in a self-sufficient manner, including collecting, managing, and analyzing data sets
  • Monitor community trends and health status through the collection, retrieval, and analysis of local health data from a number of provincial sources (e.g., HELPS, RRFSS, CCHS, Intellihealth)
  • Facilitate the use of epidemiological evidence by providing and integrating community health status information in program and service planning, monitoring, and evaluation through close collaboration with other EPEQ team members
  • Apply quality assurance methods for epidemiological analysis and reports.
  • Prepare community health status and other epidemiological reports as required
  • Respond to requests for community health status information from the media as directed by the Medical Officer of Health
  • Respond to requests for community health status information from staff, the public and external organizations in accordance with Health Unit policy
  • Identify new opportunities, technologies, and methods for disease surveillance, including reporting, database management, data analysis, and dissemination mechanisms
  • Prepare reports for the Chief Executive Officer, Medical Officer of Health, 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 Health Unit on external work groups and committees as requiredLiaise with provincial ministries, health units, the 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, and epidemiological, statistical, and survey methods
  • 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.

Qualifications

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology
  • At least two years of experience as an Epidemiologist in a population health or related setting.
  • Several years of experience conducting data analysis using statistical software such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, EpiData, ArcGIS, and familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other packages and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze, and report epidemiological data in Ontario.

Requirements:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated skills in epidemiological and statistical methods, applied research, and current related best practices
  • In-depth knowledge of current issues and practices related to epidemiology, public health, and health outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience in using public health indicators
  • Familiarity with program planning and evaluation
  • Experience with Internet, intranet, and external data warehouse environments and their application to related projects and programs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to summarize complex data into understandable, user-friendly explanations and formats for management, staff, and the general public
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to meet competing priorities
  • A valid Ontario driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle for use on corporate business
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required
  • Police Clearance.

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a resumé by email to [email protected] with Reference #47, Attention: Nancy Whited, Director, Human Resources before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012.  For further information, please contact Julie Fraser at ext. 1334 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.