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Communicable Disease Epidemiologist - BC Centre for Disease Control

Communicable Disease Epidemiologist

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver BC


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


Reporting to the Medical Epidemiologist, the Communicable Disease Epidemiologist is responsible for provincial communicable disease control, disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, primarily focused on enteric diseases. The Communicable Disease Epidemiologist manages enteric disease surveillance; outbreak investigation and intervention; provides communicable disease consultation to a broad range of stakeholders including regional health authorities, other provincial and national partners, and health professionals and disseminates critical communicable disease related information through electronic bulletins, prepared reports, presentations and media communications. Experience in surveillance, outbreak investigation and/or enteric disease epidemiology, as well as field epidemiology training are all assets.


What you’ll do

  • Develop and maintain surveillance initiatives, including performing functions such as getting an accurate reporting case definition, defining additional information required beyond that for routine reporting, and making sure the information gets to critical stakeholders.
  • Ensure timely and effective communication of reports by continuous improvement of surveillance systems, holding a constant focus on turn-around times from various sources, and alerting all stakeholders and those who need the information to respond appropriately to threats. Prepare background material and media releases and responds as delegated to media inquiries and interview requests.
  • Critically analyze communicable disease and environmental hazard data utilizing comprehensive multi-layered understanding of epidemiology, public health and direct and indirect health care and societal impacts by identifying and responding to deviations from expected reporting patterns and clusters of disease/hazards, preparing, or collaborating in the preparation of reports, identifying and providing supporting rationale for appropriate interventions
  • Provide consultation services to regional health authorities, other provincial partners, national partners, special interest groups, health care professionals, and the public including responding to inquiries, identifying and making recommendations for addressing risk factors, developing education materials and making presentations. Liaise with public health, acute care, and other partners in these activities.
  • Evaluate existing programs and research relevant to the prevention and control of communicable diseases and environmental hazards by conducting literature reviews, designing and implementing studies, collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports. Design appropriate studies for investigating outbreaks, unusual clusters, or environmental hazards; prepare questionnaires; and analyze outbreak data and recommend appropriate interventions. Contribute to applied public health research and ensure new understanding and knowledge is shared by publishing findings in recognized/peer-reviewed scientific journals or presentations at professional conferences.


What you bring

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Masters in Epidemiology or Public Health (MSc or MPH or MHSc)
  • Two (2) years experience in the field of public health.
  • Clinical skills and experience in nursing or infection control and/or experience as a communicable disease epidemiologist or federal field epidemiologist considered an asset.


You also have demonstrated:

  • Ability and experience in designing, implementing, and conducting studies, their interpretation, written reporting and publication.
  • Ability to secure grant funding in support of research initiatives.
  • Statistical analysis skills, including disease mapping and analysis and recognition of disease clustering.
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in maintaining large databases of statistical and analytical software.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work well in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, mature judgment and flexibility.
  • Ability to use a variety of statistical software tools.


What we bring


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.


Job Type: Regular Full-Time
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 4R4
Hours of Work:
Monday-Friday; 0830-1630
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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.



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