Reports to the Supervisor of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit and provides statistical expertise including knowledge related to the collection, management, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data, for assessing population health status.
- Retrieves, organizes, analyzes, interprets and reports data using appropriate methods to support timely population health surveillance and reporting, in consultation with supervisor, epidemiologists and other users
- Coordinates the maintenance of existing health status databases including updating datasets, deriving new variables, in consultation with supervisor, epidemiologists and other users
- Designs and maintains new health status information systems and data bases and extracts data from existing data bases to create relevant datasets for analysis
- Develops documentation and procedures for databases and health status information systems
- Adheres to Divisional and other statistical standards for data analysis, mapping and reporting, and complies with the conditions set out in all data licences
- Writes and executes computer programs for analysis of data by using statistical software packages (e.g. SAS &/or SPSS &/or Stata, R, ArcGIS programs, etc.)
- Develops and uses standard syntax files for routine analyses
- Prepares and disseminates health status information in various forms including reports, charts, graphs, maps and community health profiles based on analysis of existing or generated data for internal and external users
- Performs quality assurance checks on own work and the work of colleagues to ensure accuracy
- Defines data needs and selects methods and procedures for collecting and analyzing health data for managers, staff and others
- Orients staff to available databases and the use of population health information in programme development, monitoring and evaluation
- Responds to enquiries regarding health status data and related information systems
- Liaises with City divisions and external agencies to obtain and/or share health related data
- Provides in-service training to divisional staff in health status information, demographics and related computer programmes
- Designs data collection and survey instruments including coding formats, questionnaire design and data entry and storage
- Assists with epidemiological studies and surveys related to population health surveillance and the planning and evaluation of health programs
- Provides support and consultation to divisional programs and services
- Represents the division on internal and external committees dealing with data and health status information
Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:
- University degree in statistics or approved equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Extensive experience using statistical software including at least one of SAS, SPSS, R or Stata and experience mapping using geospatial software, i.e. ArcGis, MapInfo.
- Experience working with standard Ontario population health data (including IntelliHealth, BORN Ontario, CCHS, Census, etc.) and indicators used for surveillance and population health assessment in a public health agency or related setting.
You must also have:
- Knowledge of basic population health statistical methods.
- Familiarity with current public health issues, epidemiological concepts, trend analysis and forecasting techniques.
- Considerable skills in the management, analysis and interpretation of data.
- Ability to communicate effectively, to prepare written reports, and to display statistical data in appropriate and understandable formats.
- Ability to work effectively with staff at all organizational levels.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet changing priorities.
- Ability to work in a high pressure environment, take initiative and respond to competing priorities.
- Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other software packages relevant to the analysis and presentation of population health.
- Familiarity using other software packages and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze and report population health data is an asset.
- Ability to work flexible hours (i.e. occasional evenings and weekends) when necessary.
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