Epidemiologist – Hospital Infection, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline August 25, 2010

Overview

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP) is an arm's-length government agency dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, OAHPP links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

OAHPP provides expert scientific and technical support relating to infection prevention and control; surveillance and epidemiology; health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental and occupational health; health emergency preparedness; and public health laboratory services to support health providers, the public health system and partner ministries in making informed decisions and taking informed action to improve the health and security of Ontarians. For more information about OAHPP, visit www.oahpp.ca.
Position Details The Epidemiologist supports critical corporate and laboratory Agency areas as part of a surveillance and epidemiology team, specifically to build the Agency’s vigilance of, and responsiveness to outbreaks and other emerging infectious disease epidemiological trends. The Epidemiologist works closely with corporate and laboratory professionals to collect, interpret, and relate episodic and regular jurisdictional surveillance data.

The Epidemiologist supports the Agency’s surveillance and outbreak detection/response strategies and tactics in conjunction with the Senior Epidemiologist and other members of the corporate and scientific teams. In addition to resourcing the Agency’s corporate intelligence of epidemiological activities, the Epidemiologist also liaises with government, public health, research, and academic institutes to contribute to and keep apprised of best practices in surveillance methodology, information and reporting tools, and outbreak detection/response.

This is a twelve (12) month contract position.

Key Responsibilities

As part of a team, the Epidemiologist:

  • Manages the Agency’s surveillance data-collection and data-management processes.
  • Supports epidemiological research and surveillance activities of the Agency
  • Designs and coordinates surveillance data-gathering processes to provide timely information to the Agency and its key stakeholders, either as part of regular reporting activities, or on an as-needed basis for special purposes. Prepares current data to enable and support decision-making processes for the Agency and its stakeholders. Responds to requests for information from stakeholders.
  • Works closely with and supports the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control team.
  • Designs, coordinates, and participates in the Agency’s outbreak detection/response strategy and tactics for infectious disease incidents.
  • Identifies appropriate data sources and monitors current local, provincial, national, and international trends in epidemiological activity and reports these quickly and as necessary.
  • Provides subject-matter expertise and resource support to Agency colleagues, particularly the Public Health Laboratories.
  • Liaises as necessary with stakeholders and resources in various health-sector and regulatory institutions, and builds strong working rapport between these and the Agency.
  • Presents findings, initiatives, and relevant Agency activities at local, regional, national and international fora as appropriate.

 

Knowledge and Skills

  • Expert knowledge and experience of infectious disease surveillance, research, advanced statistics, infectious disease control, and public health.
    Expert understanding of relevant regulations and regulatory trends in epidemiology, public health and surveillance (e.g. privacy legislation).
    Expert communication and inter-personal skills to enable effective information presentation and deployment into teams of multi-disciplinary professionals.
    Understanding of microbiology laboratory operations and processes.
    Strong writing and editing skills to prepare and review Agency reports, briefing notes, letters, and position papers.
    Mature, creative, and conscientious work bearing.
    Education and Experience Completion of graduate-level training in microbiology and public-health, epidemiology, or biostatistics.
    Between two and four years experience as an epidemiologist in a public-health facility, with similar involvement in identifying or working with infectious disease data sources; running surveillance systems, procuring data, preparing reports, and editing these with scientific rigour.
    Experience managing and analysing data, including outbreak detection, trend analysis, and software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA.
    Experience of geo-spatial analysis of data would be desirable
    Experience working with a diverse stakeholder group, building public health, research, academic, institutional, and professional networks, and working at local, provincial/territorial, and/or federal levels.
    Experience influencing public-health policy and practice, having introduced new initiatives and implemented them.
    Experience of delivering training to public health colleagues or students.
    Experience of hospital infection control and/or hospital epidemiology

Closing date: 8/25/2010

For more information and to apply online, please visit http://www.oahpp.ca/careers/index.html.