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Job Classification TitleEPIDEMIOLOGIST
Job ID #2319709 X
Division & Section Public Health , Communicable Disease Control - Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit
DivisionPublic Health
SectionCommunicable Disease Control - Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit
Work Location277 VICTORIA ST.
Job StreamHealth
Job TypeTemporary, Full-Time
Temporary Duration12 months
Job Type & Duration Temporary, Full-Time , 12 months
Salary/Rate$45.24 - $49.57 / Hour
Hours of Work (bi-weekly)70.00
Shift InformationMonday to Friday - 35 Hours/week
AffiliationL79 Full-time
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date06-Feb-2019
Closing Date21-Feb-2019
Posting Period 06-Feb-2019  to  21-Feb-2019
Job Description


Major Responsibilities:


Reporting to the Epidemiology Supervisor of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit, the Epidemiologist provides epidemiological expertise and support to programs in Toronto Public Health's Communicable Disease directorate, including advice and support related to the collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of surveillance data, for assessing community health status and communicable disease control and prevention. Acts as a consultant on epidemiological, statistical, and evaluative methods as they apply to communicable diseases.

  • Initiates, plans, designs, organizes, implements and evaluates epidemiological research on health status factors that affect the health of the population in Toronto and the need for and delivery of public health services.
  • Develops and analyzes epidemiological and other related indicators and research strategies.
  • Facilitates the use of epidemiological evidence by providing and integrating community health status information in program and service planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Identifies emerging issues and trends related to communicable disease and community health status and proposes appropriate response.
  • Applies quality assurance methods for epidemiological analysis and reports as appropriate.
  • Performs epidemiological analysis, interprets data, and summarizes relevant findings in reports for internal and external stakeholders. Uses appropriate computer applications and presents results in an understandable format including charts, graphs, maps, etc.
  • Chairs or participates as a member of internal work groups and committees and represents the Medical Officer of Health on external work groups and committees.
  • Liaises with provincial ministries, health units, research and information organizations, other City Departments, external agencies and partners to provide access to current epidemiology and community health status knowledge and for collaborative epidemiological research.
  • Provides consultation, training and support to Toronto Public Health and other City staff on communicable disease control, community health status information, epidemiological, statistical, survey and evaluative methods.
  • Liaises with provincial agencies, health units, research and information organizations, other city departments, external agencies and partners to provide access to current communicable disease data, and for collaborative epidemiological research.
  • Responds to requests for communicable disease and community health status information from staff, the public, external agencies and community organizations, and the media as directed.
  • Identifies new opportunities, technologies, and methods for communicable disease surveillance, including reporting, data analysis and dissemination mechanisms.


Key Qualifications:


Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

  1. Master's degree in Epidemiology, or a related discipline, or the approved equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  2. Considerable experience working as an epidemiologist in a public health agency or related organization.
  3. Considerable experience using statistical analysis software such as SAS, R, and/or SPSS, and other software packages currently used to collect, manage and analyze epidemiological data in Ontario.
  4. Experience in applied communicable disease epidemiology, including the management and analysis of infectious disease data and providing support for outbreak investigations.

 You must also have:

  • Extensive knowledge of current public health issues, epidemiological concepts, and quality assurance principles related to communicable diseases.
  • Extensive knowledge and skills in epidemiological and statistical methods and applied research.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet competing priorities in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, to prepare written reports, and make oral presentations.
  • Ability to provide work direction and work effectively with staff and to utilize positive problem solving solutions.
  • Training in and/or experience related to quality/quality improvement.
  • Advanced skills using MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).
  • Experience extracting and analysing iPHIS data, using Cognos Report Net (CRN) would be an asset.
  • Ability to use Check Market (or other online survey tool) or ArcGIS would be an asset.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and weekends depending on operational requirements.
  • Ability to travel to various Toronto Public Health offices, as required.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued,   respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.


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