Public Health Physician, Population Health Promotion, Population and Public Health - BC Centre for Disease Control
Public Health Physician, Population Health Promotion
Population and Public Health, BC Centre for Disease Control
Regular Full-Time (1.0 FTE)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), a Program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), provides provincial and national leadership in public health through health promotion, surveillance, disease detection, and prevention.
Population and Public Health at the BCCDC is a team of clinical and public health experts who work with partners across the province, including the Ministry of Health, the regional health authorities, and non-government organizations to facilitate work on health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases and injuries. The team also works to reduce health inequities by informing action on the determinants of health. Areas of focus include healthy eating and food security, healthy communities, healthy built environments, injury prevention, and health promotion in schools.
The BC Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC, is currently seeking to hire a Public Health Physician for the Population and Public Health (PPH) team, with a focus on advancing public health practice and policy in health promotion, prevention of non-communicable diseases and injuries, and upstream action on the determinants of health.
Reporting to the Medical Director, Population and Public Health, this position has responsibility and accountability for providing medical expertise and leadership for public health policies, programs, and practice, providing expert consultation services, and strengthening provincial public health networks related to PPH program objectives.
The Public Health Physician engages, partners, and collaborates with Indigenous communities, Regional Health Authorities, First Nations Authority, Metis Nation BC, Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders to address issues related to PPH program objectives.
The Public Health Physician must be able to provide senior scientific and medical oversight to division staff who support a wide variety of programs and initiatives related to health promotion, prevention of non-communicable diseases and injuries, and upstream action on the determinants of health.
In addition, the Physician provides epidemiologic expertise and, in collaboration with PPH staff, undertakes program evaluation and relevant research activities to address gaps in knowledge related to PPH program objectives.
The successful Public Health Physician must:
- Be medically qualified and licensed to practice in British Columbia and eligible for appointment as clinical faculty at UBC.
- At all times hold and maintain licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, all required licenses, liability insurance (Canadian Medical Protective Association), and meet all requirements of BCCDC and PHSA for this position.
- Possess a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) preferably in Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Our preferred candidate will also have:
- Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of regulatory agencies, policies, legislation, and processes that govern and are relevant to population and public health, particularly as they relate to health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases and injuries.
- An understanding of the structure and mandates of public health stakeholders in the province is an asset.
- Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and public relations.
- Ability to supervise clinical and administrative staff.
- Effective interpersonal skills, mature judgment and flexibility.
- Strong understanding of, and experience working on, topics of health equity, the social determinants of health, and Indigenous self-determination and reconciliation.
- Experience (2 or more years) as a Medical Health Officer or Field Epidemiologist are assets.
- Ability and experience in designing, implementing, and conducting research studies and evaluation, their interpretation, written reporting and publication.
- Demonstrated ability to secure grant funding in support of research initiatives also considered an asset.
How to apply
To apply in confidence, please send your curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest to:
Kevin P.W. Wang
Advisor, Talent Acquisition – Physician and Scientific Recruitment
Application will be reviewed immediately. Position will remain open until filled.
For more information about the BC Centre for Disease Control, please visit the website at: www.bccdc.ca
The BC Centre for Disease Control are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
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.
Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
BCCDC and PHSA 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.
Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Government unanimous passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to meaningful and lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as we move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.
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