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Epidemiologist, Foundational Standards Team, Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Thunder Bay, Ontario
Deadline June 13, 2014

Thunder Bay, located on the north shore of Lake Superior and under the protective watch of the Sleeping Giant, is the largest city in the region, and is rich in people and resources and connects Northwestern Ontario to the world.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit offers a professional work environment that fosters best practices and innovative ideas. TBDHU is committed to providing staff with a healthy workplace with development opportunities, flexible work hours, family friendly policies in an open-minded, caring, supportive setting that plays a role in employee retention.

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is committed to achieving excellence in the delivery of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS). The OPHS ‘establish requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection’. Using a population health approach that includes consideration of priority populations, and collaboration with both health and non-health sector partners, the TBDHU strives to meet the public health needs of the population, drawing upon and applying ‘relevant research, evidence and best practice’ within the local context to optimize the achievement of population health outcomes.

Epidemiologist, Foundational Standards Team

As part of the Foundational Standards Team, the epidemiologist brings expertise in population health assessment and surveillance and epidemiological investigations to the HU. Working collaboratively with HU staff and management, the epidemiologist serves as a resource by attaining and analyzing relevant data from a variety of sources to inform program planning, decision-making and priority setting. The epidemiologist brings their skills in epidemiological investigation and research to support PH responses to various issues affecting the health of the population. The epidemiologist also contributes to effective communication of population health information through a number of means to community partners and stakeholders for the benefit of the broader population.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Assesses health status of the residents of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, current and past, including health behaviour, preventive health practices, health care utilization relevant to public health and demographic indicators.
  • Assesses trends and changes in local population health.
  • Participates in the provision of population health information including determinants of health and health inequities to the public, community partners and health care providers.
  • Conducts strategic and priority surveillance, including the ongoing collection, collation, analysis and periodic reporting of population health indicators.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct approved projects relevant to applied Public Health research, including epidemiological methods, designing surveys, data collection, data management and analysis, writing research reports, and writing grant proposals to secure external funding for applied research projects.
  • Assists in non-infectious disease investigation (e.g., cancer clusters) and conducts epidemiological investigation of infectious disease outbreaks as directed.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for maintaining epidemiology-related databases and computer programs.
  • Provides advice and expertise to program staff in routine monitoring of program activities and outcomes to assess and improve the implementation and effectiveness of program services, including collection, analysis and periodic reporting of indicators related to inputs, resources, implementation processes, reach, outputs and outcomes.
  • Provides expert epidemiological advice, and technical consultation to local agencies and partners as requested.
  • Represents the Health Unit on strategically selected external committee/boards as approved by the Medical Officer of Health.
  • Develops and maintains a network of contacts locally, provincially, and nationally to exchange resources, best practices and strategies.
  • Maintains contact with the appropriate Public Health Ontario consultants.
  • Maintains professional competence through participation in professional development programs, conferences, and by self-directed study.


  • Provides appropriate professional oversight and direction to policy approved trainees (ie: students and volunteers).
  • Monitors budgets and completes reports as required.
  • Assists the Associate Medical Officer of Health in developing the Annual Budget for the epidemiology programs and service.
  • Prepares and submits reports as required by the MOH/AMOH.
  • Participates on relevant Health Unit Project Teams when requested/required.


  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology or related discipline.
  • Three to five years’ experience in a health related field, preferably in Public Health.
  • Good organizational and planning skills.
  • Knowledge of current public health issues and Ontario Public Health Standards.
  • Possess project management knowledge.
  • Able to work independently within established parameters and to function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge and experience of computer systems related to epidemiology and statistics.
  • Experience with the design and analysis of surveys an asset.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Access to vehicle.
  • Willingness to occasionally work irregular hours.
  • Willingness to occasionally travel out of town on overnight trips.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Application Deadline: June 13, 2014 at 4:30pm

Competition Number: NU-14-08