Vancouver Coastal Health

Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease

Job Description

Job Title: Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease
Work Site: Chief Med Health Officer, Van


Start Date:



Regular Full Time

As soon as possible


Days off: Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays

Reference#: 168038-ayc


Come work as a Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease to join the Medical Health Officer (BC) Team. Apply today to join our team!


Reporting to the Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice-President Public Health, the Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease is a Medical Director of Communicable Disease Control and provides full Medical Health Officer duties within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Assumes accountability for the attainment of the strategic objectives and operational plans of the organization with respect to communicable disease control as approved by the Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Senior Executive Team (SET) of VCH.


He/She will have an Order in Council appointment under the Public Health Act with the accompanying legislative responsibilities. Maintains professional standards and enforces a variety of Acts and regulations such as the Public Health Act including Communicable Disease Regulations, the School Act, the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, the Drinking Water Protection Act, the Tobacco Control Act and the Food Safety Act.

The Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease monitors and reports on the health status of the population and provides leadership in Communicable Disease Control and the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of communicable disease control programs designed to protect and enhance the health of the region's population. He/She works collaboratively with the Health Authority, other agencies and boards in the community (such as Municipal Councils, School Boards, Ministry for Children and Family Development, Ministry of the Environment, and other Ministries and community agencies) to assist in resolving health related problems. The Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease provides medical leadership to VCH staff in areas including but not limited to Environmental Health Protection, Community Care Facilities Licensing, Maternal and Preschool Child Health, School Health, Adult Seniors Health, Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, Injury Prevention, Emergency Preparedness Planning, Communicable Disease Control, Quarantine, Travel Medicine, Mental Health, Harm Reduction, Homelessness, and Population Health Advocacy.


The Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease provides clinical and/or administrative directions to support staff and health professionals, including physicians, Epidemiologists, Environmental Health Officers, Public Health Nurses and others working in public health programs.


As a Medical Health Officer – Communicable Disease with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Carry out legislated requirements of the Public Health Act, Community Care Facility Licensing and Assisted Living Act, Drinking Water Protection Act, School Act, and other health legislation and oversees the completion of relevant documents/reports required by local and national governing bodies to ensure standards are met and processes are followed.

  • Be responsible for leading communicable disease prevention and control activities in the VCH region.


  • Monitor and assess the health status of the community(ies) for which he/she is responsible, both rural and urban; identifies and characterizes problems and issues regarding the health status of the community(ies) and provides leadership in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating programs established to address health issues; implements immediate actions when necessary to protect the health of the public.

  • Report on the health status of the population and maintains communications with VCH staff, the public, government and professional health organizations regarding public health matters.

  • Advocate to improve or enhance the health of the community and provides leadership including developing intersectoral collaboration to address public health issues.

  • Provide clinical direction and medical leadership to VCH public health staff in the area of communicable disease control.

  • Develop and monitor implementation of public health policies related to communicable disease control for the region.

  • Develop and implement Quality Improvement (QI) programs and initiatives consistent with the VCH vision, values and strategic directions and which comply with standards set by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation and the Ministry of Health.

  • Ensure patient/client safety concerns are addressed in service delivery.




Education & Experience

  • A Medical Degree (MD) with a full license to practice medicine in British Columbia plus a Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine; experience in public health practice, including experience in communicable disease control. Experience working in a large multi-site organization and in the development, implementation and evaluation of operational and strategic plans are considered assets.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Utilizes superior epidemiological and data analysis skills to analyze, interpret and disseminate public health data to inform and evaluate public health programming
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of legislative policy development and processes of various levels of government to ensure well-informed decision-making.
  • Uses strong leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving and innovative abilities to develop effective strategies and ensure support and attainment of goals.
  • Applies superior judgment and political expertise as well as a strong understanding of the essence and subtleties of communication to relay sensitive information and effectively persuade and negotiate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Responds effectively to the needs of the stakeholders while maintaining an acute awareness of the impact of actions.
  • Uses sound business acumen to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders throughout high profile endeavours.

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.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.


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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