Epidemiologist

Board of Health Newmarket York Regional Health Service Department
Department: Community and Health Services Department
Branch: Public Health Branch
Status: Temporary Full-Time
Length of Assignment: Approx. 9 months
Location: Vaughan / Ontario
Date Posted: September 15, 2020
Date Closing: September 28, 2020
Number Of Positions: 1

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Position Title

Epidemiologist

Salary

$52.29 to $56.84 per hour

Scheduled Hours

35 Weekly Hours

Scheduled Shifts

Mon. to Sun. 7:30am to 9:30pm. This position requires the incumbent to work shifts, which may include evenings and weekends.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Manager, Planning is responsible for carrying out a broad and complex range of investigative epidemiologic activities related to the surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases; contributing to applied public health research; conducting statistical analyses to identify trends or outbreaks of diseases and their risk factors used in the planning of health programs for the prevention and control of communicable diseases; and providing epidemiology consulting services to assigned program areas in the Public Health Branch.

Major Responsibilities

•Provides comprehensive statistical analysis from various data sources/databases for the Division.
•Supporting population health assessment and surveillance mandates related to public health diseases of significance. This includes supporting preparation of monthly reports on diseases of public health significance, meeting provincial reporting requirements for influenza and COVID contact tracing, supporting cluster detection, and supporting surveillance of health conditions/syndromes related to diseases of public health significance (e.g. Opioids)
•Coordinates and carries out activities to meet the Foundational and Program Standards and the Accountability Agreement, as required by the Ontario Public Health Standards and related protocols and regulations, enacted under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
•Participates in the design, management, and use of surveillance systems for diseases of public health importance. Identifies program surveillance data needs, develops indicators, designs instruments for the collection of surveillance information and data, and implements new or revises existing surveillance systems.
•Analyzes and interprets data to assess current health status, changes in local population health, health behaviours, preventive health practices and health care utilization relevant to public health and demographic indicators.
•Develops survey tools for epidemiologic investigations, plans sampling frame and method, calculates required sample size; adapts or combines a variety of existing statistical methods to fulfil specific project needs.
•Conducts searches or reviews existing literature and data in a scientific area, determining methodological techniques and processes, and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments.
•Provides consultation services to Branch management and staff regarding the epidemiological aspects of needs assessment, survey construction, and the collection, analysis, interpretation and principles of reporting data.
•Support and lead systems and database activities related to COVID-19 response
•Supporting population health assessment and surveillance mandates related to public health diseases of significance. This includes supporting preparation of monthly reports on diseases of public health significance, meeting provincial reporting requirements for influenza and COVID contact tracing, supporting cluster detection, and supporting surveillance of health conditions/syndromes related to diseases of public health significance (e.g. Opioids)

Qualifications

•Successful completion of a Masters Degree in Epidemiology (e.g. MHSc, MSc or MPH).
•Minimum two (2) years experience as an Epidemiologist or equivalent experience in a related Public Health setting.
•Demonstrated experience with the use of public heath indicators.
•Demonstrated experience with various software applications including statistical and epidemiological packages such as IBM SPSS, Stata, FluidSurveys, and MS Office software applications.
•Working knowledge of iPHIS, Cognos ReportNet, Panorama, Census, intelliHEALTH ONTARIO and historical information systems such as IRIS and RDIS.
•In-depth knowledge of current issues and practices related to infectious disease epidemiology, public health and health determinants and outcomes.
•Understanding of the principles of infectious disease case investigations, outbreak management and immunization.
Ability to apply epidemiological principles in outbreak investigations
•Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in corporate core competencies including customer service, communication, team work, initiative/self-management, accountability, flexibility and adaptability.

How to Apply

Please apply online by October 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

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