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Public Health Physician and Medical Director - BC Centre for Disease Control

Public Health Physician and Medical Director

Environmental Health Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Regular Full-Time (1.0 clinical FTE)

Vancouver, BC, Canada


As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.


The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation and provides both direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with diseases of public health importance.


Come join one of Canada’s best Public Health facilities in one of the world’s most beautiful cities! The BC Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC, is currently seeking to hire a Public Health Physician with Environmental Health Services. This is a permanent position, and the Medical Director role is a Three-year, renewable term appointment.


Environmental Health Services (EHS) at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), a Program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), comprises core environmental health, the Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC), and the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). Core environmental health services include provision of expertise related to public health management of climate change and climate change adaptation, food safety, air quality, water quality, toxicology, food safety, and other environmental hazards. The multi-disciplinary service line has approximately 55 personnel including physicians, toxicologists, epidemiologists, food safety specialists, pharmacist, nursing, and medical poison control specialists, data analysts, knowledge translation specialists, and others.


Reporting to the PHSA Vice President of Public Health and Wellness, the Public Health Physician and Medical Director, EHS is responsible for providing medical direction and supervision for core environmental health services and DPIC, while contributing medical expertise to the NCCEH. The role will support ongoing development of EHS, particularly in the areas of radiation safety, climate change adaptation, emergency planning and management, and toxicology. The role will support EHS in the development and demonstration of respect and equity at the forefront of environmental health practices.  This includes ensuring that all environmental health programs, policies and procedures are inclusive of Indigenous perspectives and anti-racist principles. The Medical Director engages in environmental health programs and projects that support the five regional Health Authorities and First Nations Health Authority in meeting their management and service delivery responsibilities. The Medical Director also supports the provincial Ministry of Health in meeting its stewardship responsibilities, and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer in meeting its legislative and public health leadership responsibilities.


The core business of EHS is to provide expert consultation services, support the implementation of core programs, provide research, evaluation and knowledge translation support, assist with training, and coordinate provincial programs. The Public Health Physician and Medical Director must be able to provide senior medical oversight to division staff who deliver a wide variety of environmental health related services and programs. The Medical Director will work closely with the Scientific Director of EHS (and the NCCEH) to provide scientific oversight and to plan and implement strategic directions for the service line. The Public Health Physician and Medical Director is part of the senior leadership team at the BCCDC and is a key contributor to charting the direction of the BCCDC and supporting the leadership in creating a collaborative and creative environment.


Applicants must be eligible for licensure as a specialist in British Columbia and hold RCPSC certification or equivalent qualifications in a specialty related to environmental health, such as community medicine or occupational medicine. Applicants must also be eligible for appointment as senior clinical faculty at UBC or another BC institution of higher learning. Along with at least 10 years of experience in fields related to environmental health such as toxicology, epidemiology, occupational health, risk assessment and control of environmental hazards, you have extensive practical experience responding to environmental health issues and the development of policy to mitigate risks. You have comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of regulatory agencies, policies, legislation, and processes that govern and are relevant to environmental health. This senior role requires sound medical judgment on a wide range of environmental health issues, and an understanding of the structure and mandates of Health Authorities in the province is an asset. Exceptional communication and cross-functional collaboration skills are required together with knowledge of budget preparation and control, and quality control practices in an environmental health setting.


Applications, accompanied by a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and the name, title, rank and contact information of four references, should be directed to:


Kevin P.W. Wang

Advisor, Talent Acquisition – Physician and Scientific Recruitment


Application closing date: November 21st, 2021


The BCCDC is a program of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC.  PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.  These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


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