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Title Epidemiologist, Public Health Sciences (11 month contract positions)
Job ID -0166
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario (PHO) is a Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, PHO links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world.

PHO 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.

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Position Details Position Title: Epidemiologist
Department: Public Health Sciences
Duration: 11 months fixed contract
Location: 480 University Avenue
Compensation Group: AMAPCEO
Job Code: 19PRS – Research Science
Salary: $69,570 - $89,163
Position Status: CLOSED. This position is open to applications from INTERNAL (PHO) CANDIDATES ONLY.
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Posting Date: March 15, 2013
Closing Date: April 1, 2013

Reporting to the Scientist, Public Health Sciences, the Epidemiologist provides support a research project in the area of chronic disease prevention.

This 11 month term position may be filled as a secondment or a direct employment opportunity.

Key Responsibilities • Designs and coordinates population health assessment and/or surveillance data-extraction processes to provide timely information to PHO and its key stakeholders (including Public Health Units and MOLTC, and PHAC), 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 PHO and its stakeholders; responds to requests from stakeholders.
• Provides expertise to support epidemiologic research, population health assessment and surveillance activities of PHO geared at generating scientific and technical knowledge for evidence based communication, decision making, planning and implementation of public health policies and programs.
• Identifies appropriate data sources and monitors current local, provincial, national and international trends in epidemiologic activity and reports in a timely manner.
• Designs and conducts complex data retrievals to meet health information requirements from key stakeholders, reporting obligations (e.g. to PHAC, MOHLTC, local public health) and to support the conduct of epidemiologic research and routine operations.
• Provides subject-matter expertise and resource support to PHO colleagues.
• Liaises as necessary with stakeholders and resources in various health sector, research and regulatory institutions, and builds strong working relationships between these and PHO.
• Presents findings, initiatives and relevant PHO activities at local, regional, national and international forums as appropriate.
• Liaises with government, public health, research and academic institutions to contribute to, and keep appraised of best practices in surveillance methodology, information and reporting tools.
• Prepares scientific and technical publications to communicate trends, investigative findings and research initiatives to internal audience and the broader public health community as appropriate.
• Designs and conducts complex data retrievals and analysis to meet the objectives of the research project.

Knowledge and Skills • Knowledge of and skills in disease surveillance, research, statisticsand working with infectious and non-infectious diseases data sources, c chronic disease data sources, preparing reports/manuscripts and editing reports with scientific rigour.
• Experience informing public health policy and practice, having contributed to the introduction and implementation of new initiatives.
• Knowledge of, and skills in methods used routinely for analyzing data including sample size calculations, comparison of categorical and continuous data, stratification and pooling of odds ratios, multivariate analysis.
• Knowledge and understanding of Ontario’s public health system.
• Knowledge of PHO’s mandate, relevant legislation such as the HPPA and PHIPPA and the Ontario Public Health Standards.
• Skills in managing large databases and personal health information and analyzing these data using statistical software packages.
• Organizational and project management skills to prioritize effectively and meet competing deadlines
• Skills in organizing a research study from conception, through design, ethics approval to reporting.
• Ability to critically evaluate and synthesize relevant sources of information.
• Experience in advanced statistics and modeling is an asset.

Education and Experience • Master’s degree in epidemiology, community health or related field.
• Minimum of two to four years of experience as an epidemiologist in a public health or related setting.

Posting date 3/15/2013
Closing date 4/1/2013
City Toronto
Province Ontario [ON]
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