Vancouver Coastal Health

Regional Epidemiologist, Public Health Surveillance Unit

Job Description

Job Title: Regional Epidemiologist, Public Health Surveillance Unit
Work Site: Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver


Start Date:



Regular Full Time 

As soon as possible


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays

Reference#: 156554-cmc


Come work as a Regional Epidemiologist, Public Health Surveillance Unit with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Regional Epidemiologist, Public Health Surveillance Unit to join the Public Health Surveillance Unit team. Apply today to join our team!


As a Regional Epidimiologist, Public Health Surveillance Unit with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Work to monitor disease trends and health indicators for the purpose of the implementation of effective prevention strategies in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
  • Establish, maintain and periodically evaluate the regional surveillance data for diseases, health indicators and determinants of health.
  • Collaborate and consult with other program areas within the Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer the Regional Epidemiologist will have a role on regional public health matters.
  • Develop key internal partnerships including with Medical Health Officers, Public Health Nurses, Environmental Health Officers, Infection Control Practitioners, Population Health, Health Protection, Emergency Management, as well as external colleagues at other health authorities, regional/hospital Epidemiologists, and provincial and federal Epidemiologists and laboratories.




Education & Experience

  • Masters’ degree or PhD in Epidemiology or related discipline.
  • Preference is given to candidates with at least two years of recent related experience in public health surveillance and evidence of strong methodological skills in study design and data analysis.

Knowledge & Abilities

  •  Exhibits strong epidemiologic and quantitative skills.
  • Leads collation and interpretation of relevant epidemiological data.
  • Will develop and utilize information and intelligence systems to underpin public health action across disciplines and organizations.
  • Will undertake evidence-based reviews for specific project and programme work.
  • Applies superior communication skills to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, providing advice, guidance and education consistent with good public health practice.
  • Maintains current knowledge of new developments, trends and research in public health surveillance.
  • Uses a variety of software applications at an advanced level to develop databases, conduct statistical analyses and prepare reports.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.




VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

Please note that a resume is required to apply to this posting.

Hours of Work may vary due to project requirements.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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