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Epidemiologist, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Non-Union
$58,000 - $68,000 (70 hours per pay period plus comprehensive benefits package, salary under review)

Windsor Site (1005 Ouellette Avenue)

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Health Promotion, and in consultation with
the Manager of the Information Resources Department, the Epidemiologist
will be working within a public health setting to provide leadership
and expertise in population health assessment, health surveillance,
health protection, health promotion, and disease and injury prevention.
As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the Epidemiologist will
conduct duties consistent with the requirements of the Program Planning
and Evaluation Standard of the most current version of the Mandatory
Programs and Services Guidelines (1997).

Position Responsibilities

  • Initiate, plan, and implement epidemiological research to support Health Unit planning and evaluation activities
  • Conduct activities related to epidemiological research including:
    develop project plans, plan methodology, design surveys, create
    databases, collect, manage and analyze data sets
  • Monitor community trends and health status through collection,
    retrieval, and analysis of local health data from a number of
    provincial sources (e.g. HELPS, RRFSS, CCHS)
  • Prepare community health status, communicable disease-related, and other epidemiological reports as required
  • Respond to requests for community health status and disease
    prevalence information from the media as directed by the Medical
    Officer of Health
  • Respond to requests for community health status and disease
    prevalence information from staff, the public, and external
    organizations in accordance with HU policy
  • Provide epidemiological expertise and data analysis in the management of disease outbreaks and health hazards as required
  • Identify emerging issues and trends related to disease and community health status
  • Identify new opportunities, technologies, and methods for disease
    surveillance, including reporting, database management, data analysis,
    and dissemination mechanisms
  • Prepare reports for the Medical Officer of Health, the 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 HU on external work groups and committees
    as required
  • Liaise with provincial ministries, health units, 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, epidemiological, statistical, and survey
    methods

Qualifications

The position requires

  • Masters Degree in Epidemiology, courses/experience in outbreak/health hazard management would be an asset
  • Over 2 years of experience as an Epidemiologist in a population health setting would be an asset
  • In-depth knowledge of current issues and practices related to epidemiology, public health, and health outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience in using public health indicators
  • Knowledge and skills in community health measurement, research, program planning, and evaluation
  • Computer proficiency in statistical and epidemiological software
    packages such as SPSS, SAS, Epi-Info, HELPS, and specialized programs
    such as BI Query, BI Analyze and other emerging survey tools
  • Data management skills, including the ability to design and analyze databases using Excel and/or Access
  • Experience with Internet, intranet, and external data warehouse
    environments and their application to related projects and programs
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to summarize
    complex data into understandable, userfriendly explanations and formats
    for management and staff
  • A valid Ontario driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle for use on corporate business
  • Core competencies including: project management, presentation
    skills, customer service, self-management, ability to work with
    interdisciplinary teams, flexibility, and accountability
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required
  • Police Clearance (Standard County)
  • Competency in both official languages would be an asset

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their résumé, in confidence, to nsmith@wechealthunit.org.

For further information, please contact Melanie Gillespie, Manager,
Information Resources Department at (519) 258-2146 x1331 or
mgillespie@wechealthunit.org or
Liz Haugh, Director of Health Promotion, at (519) 258-2146 x1233 or lhaugh@wechealthunit.org.