Regional Observatory Epidemiologist, Victoria & Vancouver Island
BC Centre of Disease Control
The Regional Observatory Epidemiologist contributes to enhancing the population and public health surveillance capacity in BC, and is part of the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health (BCOPPH). This position is a public health resource that provides epidemiological expertise and analytic support for population and public health surveillance at the provincial, regional and local levels. Reporting to the Director, BCOPPH, the Regional Observatory Epidemiologist is also responsible to the Chief Medical Health Officer(s) (or their delegate(s)) for deliverables relating to provincial, regional and local population and public health surveillance needs and priorities, based on direction set in BCOPPH priorities and annual work plan. The position works closely with the Offices of the Chief Medical Health Officers, their data and analytic staff and others to perform population and public health surveillance functions including data analysis, interpretation, as well as knowledge translation to inform local and provincial policy and public health services. The Regional Observatory Epidemiologist participates in provincial and regional networks and builds the capacity and knowledge for population and public health surveillance in BC.
***This postiion will be located in Victoria, BC
What you’ll do
Plan, develop and conduct public health surveillance identified by the Observatory and the Chief Medical Health Officers to meet both provincial and local population health surveillance needs.
Critically evaluate and appraise epidemiological methodological issues and ensures appropriateness of analysis and interpretation of data/results. Undertake critical appraisals of epidemiological, statistical and scientific evidence to conduct risk assessments, identify knowledge gaps and validate data integrity.
Translate data for use by decision makers and communities through developing reports and surveillance products including design, compilation, synthesis, dissemination and evaluation. Synthesize and promote the utilization of surveillance findings through knowledge translation strategies, including oral presentations.
Collaborate with relevant diverse stakeholders and partners in the planning, design and development of local and/or population health analysis and surveillance projects. Contribute expertise to the development of epidemiological projects including methodologies, approaches and models. Participate in and/or leads provincial and regional population health surveillance initiatives and networks as appropriate.
Provide support to management of health surveillance data stewardship by the Observatory and its key data partners.
Maintain current knowledge of new developments, trends and research in population health surveillance.
What you bring
A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Health Information Sciences
A minimum of four (4) years of recent related public health surveillance experience.
Thorough knowledge, demonstrated experience, and/or formal training in SAS, Tableau, or GIS analysis are an asset.
Thorough knowledge of epidemiological principles, research methodologies, data management, health surveillance, health indicator development and management, and biostatistical techniques are required.
Strong research, analytic and communication skills.
Knowledge of the Canadian public health surveillance systems and data resources relevant to area of expertise.
Ability to identify and analyze trends and changes in disease and corresponding risk factors, contributory factors, incidence and prevalence rates, outcomes and other relevant epidemiological measures.
Experience with national surveys, large administrative and/or clinical datasets as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and statistical software (e.g. SPSS, Stata, SAS, R) are required.
Communication, including report writing and presentation of findings, and organizational skills to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment on research and surveillance planning required.
What’s in it for you
Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.
Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.
1952 Bay St, Victoria, BC
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday; 0800-1600, 0830-1600
Requisition Number: 99451
What we do
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) bccdc.ca is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable disease and promoting environmental health for the province.
Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
** This role will be working in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). Island Health, also known as the Vancouver Island Health Authority, is the publicly funded health care provider in the southwestern portion of the Canadian province of British Columbia. It was established as one of five geographically based health authorities in 2001 by the Government of British Columbia.
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