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Applied Public Health Science Specialist – Healthy Growth and Development, PHO

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline June 23, 2017

Position Title: Applied Public Health Science Specialist – Healthy Growth and Development
Department: Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP)
Duration: Permanent Full-time
Location: 480 University Avenue, Toronto
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Position Status: Open/Internal applicants to be considered first
Salary: $85,220 to $119,300 annually
Posting Date: June 2, 2017
Closing Date: June 23, 2017

About Us

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We are Public Health Ontario (PHO). We live our values as a shared promise to each other, our clients and our partners.  We value credibility, innovation, responsiveness, collaboration, integrity and respect.  

With our partners in Ontario’s health system, we monitor and address the needs of the population by providing the scientific evidence and expert guidance that shapes policies and practices for a healthier Ontario. With locations across Ontario, we are working to ensure that Ontario has the strongest public health system in the world so that every day Ontarians wake up in one of the safest places to live in the world.

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Position Summary

To provide subject matter expertise, advice and leadership in healthy growth and development to internal and external PHO audiences in order to support evidence-informed public health policies, programs and practices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides subject matter-specific applied scientific and technical expertise in healthy growth and development  to various audiences including externally with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario provincial ministries, Medical Officers of Health, public health unit staff, other health professionals and their networks and organizations across Ontario, as well as internally within PHO:
    • Leads and/or contributes to initiatives that support Ontario’s Public Health Standards.
    • Identifies population health assessment, surveillance and evaluation requirements, evidence-informed best practices, health equity impacts and implementation considerations.
    • Represents PHO with public health and health care system partners, Ontario provincial ministries, and provincial and national advisory committees to facilitate and/or participate in discussions on gaps and priorities, in order to influence PHO planning and inform provincial public health policy, legislation and other initiatives.  
  • Ensures that scientific methodology guides all decision making and the development of PHO products, procedures and activities as these relate to healthy growth and development:
    • Applies scientific methods to the development and delivery of PHO evidence synthesis, program evaluations, and the identification of best practices to promote health in healthy growth and development, in concert with PHO program staff
    • Develops and advises on standards, guidelines, methodologies and procedures used by PHO program staff, including scientific review of work by PHO program staff
    • Develops and implements strategies to continuously improve rigour and relevance of PHO knowledge products and services
  • Contributes substantive content and knowledge of the practice context to the development and conduct of research projects e.g., through contributions to study background and rationale, literature reviews, study design, methodology, analysis and knowledge exchange.
  • Leads and/or contributes to cross-functional project teams to generate and synthesize evidence and disseminate scientific knowledge, including mobilizing expert team members,
  • Prepares and/or contributes to briefing and issues notes, letters, speeches, presentations, reports, summaries, and position papers for senior management and in response to correspondence.  


Education and Experience:

  • A PhD in the area of healthy growth and development  combined with a minimum of 5 years of practice-relevant experience in a public health-related setting is preferred
  • We may consider candidates with a Master’s degree in a relevant public health-related program with substantial applied science practice experience in the area of healthy growth and development.

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