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Epidemiologist; Epidemiology, Planning, Evaluation, and Quality; Windsor – Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline January 30, 2015
   
1 Epidemiologist
Contract (up to one year) (CUPE 543.3)
Windsor Site

Overall Job Responsibility:

Reporting to the Director of Knowledge Management, the Epidemiologist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide leadership and expertise in population health assessment and surveillance using demonstrated knowledge related to the collection, analysis, and timely reporting of data. 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 broadly supports the implementation of the OPHS Foundational Standards.

Key areas of Responsibility:

All competencies apply to the initiation, planning and implementation of epidemiological research and population health assessment and surveillance to support Health Unit planning and evaluation activities. The Epidemiologist is also expected to be available for province-wide epidemic investigations, as needed by the provincial Ministry of Health.

All competencies are based on the Public Health Agency of Canada Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada Release 1.0: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/php-psp/ccph-cesp/pdfs/cc-manual-eng090407.pdf
Position Qualifications

Education, training, & experience

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited University in Epidemiology or Master’s Degree of Public Health (Epidemiology).
  • Experience as an Epidemiologist in a public health or related setting.
  • Several years of experience analysing data 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.

Other Requirements:

  • Current knowledge of public health issues and indicators, the theory and application of epidemiological concepts, trend analysis and forecasting, quality assurance principles and related best practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of infectious disease surveillance, including outbreak detection, investigation, and analysis.
  • 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 work independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Clear initiative and excellent communication skills, with the ability to present data and concepts to diverse audiences in oral and written format.
  • Ability to work effectively with staff and to utilize positive problem solving solutions, including negotiation and motivation.
  • 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.
  • Immunizations and TB screening as per WECHU policies.
  • Satisfactory vulnerable sector police clearance.
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s Licence, access to a reliable motor vehicle during working hours, and 1 million dollars in liability insurance.

Application Process

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a resumé in confidence by email to resume@wechu.org with Reference #63, Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager, Human Resources before 4:30 p.m. on January 30, 2015.