An Epidemiologist is responsible for providing epidemiological and statistical support to the Public Health Branch, in the form of collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data on a variety of health indicators that include but are not limited to mortality, morbidity, natality and risk-related statistics; and for authorizing and carrying out studies on the health status and quality of life of the residents of the City of Ottawa. The Epidemiologist is also responsible for reviewing and critiquing proposed research ideas or projects with regards to methodology and analyses.
Key responsibilities and duties include:
- Responsible for the implementation of the Population Health Assessment and the Surveillance Foundational Standard (as required under the Ontario Public Health Standards pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act);
- Conducting complex data analysis, and interpreting results to inform intervention decisions;
- Communicating sensitive information to health professionals, the general public, senior management and politicians, etc.;
- Providing epidemiological assistance and information to support City of Ottawa management and staff;
- Providing advice on the design of epidemiologic studies, the interpretation of data/health information and the application of epidemiology to the planning and evaluation of public health programs;
- Investigating and monitoring community events and trends through data collection, data analysis and report generation;
- Identifying and monitoring health problems/hazards using health risk assessment methodology;
- Implementing a strategy to disseminate health status report(s) and data/health information;
- Writing of health status reports for dissemination to Public Health staff, community and professional groups and the general public;
- Planning methodology and designing surveys;
- Identifying and designing appropriate health status indicators, performance measures and monitoring systems for departmental programs;
- Designing surveillance systems, as needed;
- Acquiring health related data while maintaining strict confidentiality;
- Liaising with and maintaining effective working relationships with critical stakeholders such as other City departments, Public Health Ontario, other Health Units, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Statistics Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Universities and Colleges, etc.
An Epidemiologist holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Public Health (with a focus on Epidemiology).
- Minimum of five years work experience in a public health environment, specializing in data analysis; complex survey design and health risk assessment methods.
- Experience should be in the context of public health and combined with research.
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