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Regional Observatory Epidemiologist Prince George - BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
14 days ago

Regional Observatory Epidemiologist

BC Centre of Disease Control

Vancouver or Prince George

Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA effective October 26, 2021.

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 Northern Health Authority Regional Office in Prince George and will work out of that location.

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.

You have:
  • 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 professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Regular Full-Time
299 Victoria St, Prince George, BC V2L 5B8
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday; 0800-1600, 0830-1600
Requisition Number: 108251

What we do

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is dedicated to preventing and controlling communicable diseases and promoting environmental health for the province of BC.

BCCDC is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages 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.

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PHSA and BCCDC are committed to employment equity, 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, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of May 17, 2021. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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