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Epidemiologist, Overdose Surveillance - BC Centre for Disease Control

Epidemiologist, Overdose Surveillance

BC Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver BC


This position will work Overdose Cohort team and will analyze contributors to OD events to inform targeted responses to prevent serious harms and deaths among vulnerable populations. 


Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment for all positions at PHSA.


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 respond 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)
  • A minimum of 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.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and conducting studies, their interpretation, written reporting and publication.


You will have the ability to:

  • Secure grant funding in support of research initiatives. 
  • Demonstrate statistical analysis skills, including disease mapping and analysis and recognition of disease clustering. 
  • Have excellent computer skills with proficiency in maintaining large databases of statistical and analytical software. 
  • Have excellent communication and leadership skills. 
  • Work well in interdisciplinary teams. 
  • Use effective interpersonal skills, mature judgment and flexibility. 
  • 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 (12) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Flexible work options including flextime, work locations and job sharing (eligibility will vary)
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.



Temporary, Full-Time (until March 31, 2022)
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Z 4R4
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday to Friday; 830-1630
Requisition Number: 106311


What we do



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


Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates 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. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, 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, backgrounds and experiences, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.



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