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Medical Health Officer

Medical Health Officer

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Vancouver Coastal Health is world renowned for innovation and a focus on quality care and outcomes. The remarkable range of specialties places VCH at the forefront of career destinations for Nurses, Sonographers, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Mental Health professionals and many other health care and allied professionals. Launch an exciting career with us where you can apply your skills and develop new ones alongside some of Canada's finest practitioners. Come for the job. Stay for the team.

Job Title: Medical Health Officer
Work Site: Community Health-NS-Central Es
Status: Regular Full Time - Baseline (1.00 FTE)
Reference#: 097459-ale


Reporting to the Chief Medical Health Officer and Vice-President Public Health, the Medical Health Officer is a Medical Director of Public Health 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 public health 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 monitors and reports on the health status of the population and provides leadership in Population Health Promotion, Public Health Policy Development and the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the public health 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 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 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.

Key Accountabilities Include:

  • Carrying 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 overseeing the completion of relevant documents/reports required by local and national governing bodies to ensure standards are met and processes are followed. Responsible for communicable disease prevention and control in the community
  • Monitoring and assessing the health status of the community(ies) for which he/she is responsible, both rural and urban; identifying and characterizingproblems and issues regarding the health status of the community(ies) and providing leadership in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating programs established to address health issues; implementing immediate actions when necessary to protect the health of the public
  • Reporting on the health status of the population and maintainingcommunications with VCH staff, the public, government and professional health organizations regarding public health matters
  • Advocating to improve or enhance the health of the community and providing leadership including developing inter-sectoral collaboration to address public health issues
  • Providing clinical direction and medical leadership to VCH public health staff
  • Developing and monitoring implementation of public health policies for the region
  • Developing and implementing 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 and ensuring patient/client safety concerns are addressed in service delivery



  • A Medical Degree (MD) with a full license to practice medicine in British Columbia plus a Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in progressively more complex and senior public health leadership roles in a large multi-site organization with responsibilities for the development, implementation and evaluation of operational and strategic plans.



  • 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.

Management Competencies:


  • You question actions inconsistent with our values.
  • You treat people with fairness and respect independent of their status or disagreement with you.

Performance Excellence:

  • You hire great people and expect great things from them.
  • You inspire others with your thirst for excellence.

Learning Organization:

  • You create an environment where people can flourish and grow.
  • You seek what is best for the health system, rather than the best for yourself or your group.

Courage to Innovate:

  • You challenge the status quo to improve quality and sustainability.
  • You take smart risks and make tough decisions without agonizing.

Qualified applicants only please submit a resume and covering letter quoting competition # 097459-ale. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

Internal competition closes September 6, 2017. Internal applications received after this date will be considered as late applications.

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.

JFPHY City_North Vancouver

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