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Epidemiologist, Public Health, Region of Halton

Oakville, Ontario
Deadline January 4, 2016

Department: Health
Location: Office of the Commissioner & Medical Officer of Health
Position: Epidemiologist
Salary range: $79,300 - $99,123 (Pay Band 8)

Note:

Applicants will be considered for interviews based on the information provided in their application to the Region of Halton including a current resume and cover letter. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.
    
This position is being offered on a temporary full-time basis working 35 hours per week up to January 13, 2017.

Purpose:

This position provides epidemiologic expertise through the identification of significant health issues and patterns in the community involving the collection of data, development and maintenance of surveillance systems, and analysis of health databases.

Preferred Background:

The successful candidate will possess a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Public Health (with a focus on epidemiology) combined with at least three (3) years’ experience working in a community-based epidemiology role, preferably within a Health Department. Expert knowledge or advanced training in statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, Stata, R, SAS) and experience with geographical information systems (GIS), advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of communicable and non-communicable disease epidemiology, program planning & evaluation, biostatistics and research methodology is required. Knowledge and experience in using Public Health reporting systems and databases and extensive knowledge of the healthcare system including a network of contacts with key individuals and agencies is preferred. The candidate must possess strong supervisory skills to oversee analysts and epidemiology graduate students in carrying out epidemiology and evaluation projects along with exceptional critical thinking and analysis skills. Strong skills in political acuity, diplomacy and tact and well-developed interpersonal and facilitation skills are required to interact and consult with internal and external stakeholders. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also needed to prepare and present reports. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Working Conditions:

Travel in and out of the Halton Region is required. The incumbent must provide their own transportation. Availability outside regular office hours to assist with surveillance, outbreaks, and/or manage emergency situations in our community when they occur is also required.

Duties:

  • Investigate and provide surveillance on communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Carry out research, analysis and reporting on the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in the community
  • Report on health issues and patterns with community health status reports, surveillance reports, and GIS maps
  • Develop an annual work plan, track projects/consults, provide on-going updates to the Senior Epidemiologist, mitigate risks, manage expectations, and ensure client satisfaction
  • Lead program reviews, evaluations, surveys, and the development of performance indicators
  • Work with community partners, researchers, and provincial committees on relevant public health issues
  • Supervise and mentor analysts and/or epidemiology graduate students, on a project by project basis
  • Provide expert epidemiological advice and on-going program planning support, primarily to Directors and Managers, and assist in identifying priorities in their program areas
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Posted: December 14, 2015
Posting Expires: January 4, 2016
Posting #: H-371-15

Halton Region is pleased to accommodate applicants who have a disability.  Please inform Human Resource Services at 905-825-6000 ext. 7272 if you require a disability related accommodation to participate in the recruitment process.

NOTE:  Personal information collected through the job application process will only be used for the purpose of determining qualifications for employment. 

Apply online at Halton Job Postings: http://webaps.halton.ca/about/jobs/JobPostings.cfm.