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Regional Observatory Epidemiologist - BC Centre for Disease Control

Regional Observatory Epidemiologist

BC Centre for Disease Control

Vancouver BC


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 Regional Observatory Epidemiologist contributes to enhancing the population and public health surveillance capacity in BC, and is part of the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health (BCOPPH). This position is split between BCCDC and Vancouver Coastal Health and located in Vancouver.

What you’ll do


  • Plan, develop and conduct public health surveillance identified by the Observatory and the Chief Medical Health Officers to meet both provincial and local population health surveillance needs.
  • Critically evaluate and appraise epidemiological methodological issues and ensure appropriateness of analysis and interpretation of data/results.
  • Undertake critical appraisals of epidemiological, statistical and scientific evidence to conduct risk assessments, identify knowledge gaps and validate data integrity.
  • Translate data for use by decision makers and communities through developing reports and surveillance products including design, compilation, synthesis, dissemination and evaluation.
  • Synthesize and promote the utilization of surveillance findings through knowledge translation strategies, including oral presentations.
  • Collaborate with relevant diverse stakeholders and partners in the planning, design and development of local and/or population health analysis and surveillance projects.
  • Contribute expertise to the development of epidemiological projects including methodologies, approaches and models.
  • Participate in and/or leads provincial and regional population health surveillance initiatives and networks as appropriate.
  • Provide support to management of health surveillance data stewardship by the Observatory and its key data partners.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new developments, trends and research in population health surveillance.


What you bring


  • A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Health Information Sciences.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of recent related public health surveillance experience.
  • Thorough knowledge, demonstrated experience, and/or formal training in SAS, Tableau, or GIS analysis are an asset.


You also have:

  • Thorough knowledge of epidemiological principles, research methodologies, data management, health surveillance, health indicator development and management, and biostatistical techniques are required.
  • Strong research, analytic and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian public health surveillance systems and data resources relevant to area of expertise.
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends and changes in disease and corresponding risk factors, contributory factors, incidence and prevalence rates, outcomes and other relevant epidemiological measures.
  • Experience with national surveys, large administrative and/or clinical datasets as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and statistical software (e.g. SPSS, Stata, SAS, R) are required.
  • Communication, including report writing and presentation of findings, and organizational skills to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment on research and surveillance planning required.


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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