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Title Medical Epidemiologist (12 month contract)
Program Communicable and Infectious Diseases
Job ID 14-0154
Organizational Overview Public Health Ontario (PHO) is Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. 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.

Further information is available at www.publichealthontario.ca.

Position Details Reporting to the Medical Director, Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Diseases, the Medical Epidemiologist is responsible for providing specialized medical subject matter expertise on immunization science and vaccine preventable disease (VPD) prevention and control, including provision of advice to Ontario stakeholders on managing VPD outbreaks. This position will require a comprehensive understanding of vaccines, as well as communicable disease control and program evaluation knowledge. The individual would also assist with planning and development of sound, innovative initiatives in the field of VPD control, surveillance and immunization including the provision of scientific and technical advice and support to those working to protect and promote the health of Ontarians.

The Medical Epidemiologist is employed as a public health physician and is appointed by the CEO. Medical staff members are part of the broader PHO leadership team. Medical staff members are able to hold research grants, administer cost-centres related to these grants, and have human resources supervisory functions for staff.

Ideally the start date for this 12 month contract Medical Epidemiologist will be September 2, 2014.

Key Responsibilities • Provide medical subject matter expertise in immunization science and VPD surveillance and control to support PHO’s information, knowledge and support goals.
• Serve as a subject matter expert and resource within PHO, and as a liaison between the PHO and partner agencies (including Public Health Agency of Canada, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, and the Institut Nationale de la Sante Publique de Quebec).
• Provide scientific support to the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee – Immunization
• Provide technical expertise and advice, as well as field support relating to immunization and VPD issues to internal and external stakeholders.
• Assist with the development, dissemination, delivery and evaluation of a range of initiatives including educational and professional development programs, best practices, tools, protocols, guidelines and resources to build capacity across the health care continuum in support of immunization science.
• To identify, reduce and mitigate the risk and incidence of VPDs and to provide a systematic approach to vaccine program evaluation and VPD surveillance and control in Ontario.
• Engage in knowledge translation activities, including presentation of findings, initiatives, and relevant PHO activities at meetings and conferences and build and maintain a network of external partners at Ontario research and educational institutions.
• Respond to calls from stakeholders on a wide variety of immunization and VPD prevention and control issues, provide timely guidance and advice based on current evidence and best practices.
• Participate in advanced epidemiological analyses to inform decision making on immunization programs.
• Conduct vaccine program evaluations.
• Participate in emergency response activities, as appropriate.
• Supervise graduate students and trainees. as appropriate.
• Represents PHO at meetings, or on committees’ task groups as designated.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills • Expert knowledge and experience in managing cases and outbreaks of VDPs.
• Knowledge of communicable disease surveillance and advanced epidemiological analysis.
• Knowledge of vaccines, immunization science and vaccine program evaluation.
• Expert ability to quantify the implications and risks associated with public-health interventions;
• Knowledge of the roles and authority of the various external stakeholders in the health care system, i.e. community laboratories, hospitals, health care providers, and health units in order to integrate them into surveillance planning.
• Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and relationship building skills in order to interact well with all stakeholders, maintain effective linkages with all levels of contacts; proven ability to work as a collaborative team member on a variety of multi-disciplinary teams and be deployed throughout PHO and its sites as cross-functional resources.
• Ability to facilitate groups, deliver formal learning/training sessions and presentations using adult learning techniques within a variety of settings for professional staff.
• Highly developed analytical ability and critical analysis skills to evaluate programs, interventions, models, research, reports, and data.
• Knowledge of project management methodologies, including project planning, goal setting and evaluation mechanisms with ability to design, conduct and coordinate a variety of research projects and studies, perform analyses, assess and synthesize results and provide authoritative advice and guidance to stakeholders based on findings.
• Strong written communication and editorial skills in order to prepare knowledge products, including technical notes, reports, letters, presentations, educational sessions and a wide variety of other materials.
• Highly organized with priority setting and workload management skills to coordinate multiple, concurrent issues and projects; excellent problem solving skills.
• Contribute to the development and implementation of the department’s mandate and operating procedures by taking a significant role in the identification of new projects that fit PHO’s mandate; suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
• Ability to keep abreast of the latest research and developments in area of specialty within PHO and at other institutions.

Education and Experience • Registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
• Masters of Public Health or equivalent
• At least one year experience working in public health or equivalent;
• An emerging track-record of publications in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature, such as authorship of peer-reviewed articles, reports or chapters.

Job Status Full Time Temporary
Posting date 5/12/2014
Closing date 5/27/2014
Street Address 480 University Avenue
City Toronto
Province Ontario [ON]
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