Regional Municipality of Peel

Co-op Student - Epidemiologist

Posted Date 1 week ago(2/9/2018 4:21 PM)
System ID
# Positions
Position Type and Status
Co-Op Student
Job Industry
Government and Public Sector, Healthcare and Medical Services
Career Level
Post End Date
2/20/2018 11:59 PM

About Us

The Region of Peel serves a vibrant and culturally diverse community of more than 1.4 million residents and 88,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.  Committed to service excellence, transparency in decision-making and responsible tax management, the Region delivers a wide range of municipal services that are customer-focused and cost-effective.


The Region of Peel has recently completed a Strategic Planning process that engaged our residents and stakeholders to answer one question: “What can you imagine for the future of Peel?” All the feedback received formed the path forward and the strategic direction for the Region over the next 20 years.



To learn more about the Region of Peel please visit our website or watch the Faces of Peel video to see how our employees impact the residents of Peel.


Job Description

Student Epidemiologist - Co-op

Health – Office of the Medical Officer of Health


If you are a forward-thinking student enrolled in a Masters of Epidemiology or related program (e.g., Masters of Public Health with an Epidemiology focus) striving for excellence and seeking new challenges with an award-winning and progressive organization that values a supportive and respectful environment, teamwork, effective communication, integrity and quality service, consider this attractive practicum opportunity.


As an integral member of the Population Health Assessment Team in the Office of the Medical Officer of Health, this temporary co-op student position provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, and survey methods in a practical setting. Students will be offered the opportunity to work on projects that could include the following:


  • Projects that require the compilation, verification and reporting of health status data.
  • Assessing new or existing data systems related to health status assessment including the preparation of a final report.

 * For a more comprehensive list of potential projects please review Appendix A


We offer:

  • a 35 hour work week from April 30, 2018 – August 31, 2018
  • an attractive hourly rate of $20.62 + 6% vacation pay
  • direct links to management
  • up-to-date technology
  • a healthy workplace
  • a work environment where your feedback is important to us.

Compensation: Student Band CS35 - As per Non-Union Salary Structure + 4 % vacation pay

Location: 7120 Hurontario Street in Mississauga

Hours of work: 35 hour work week Monday – Friday


If interested in this position, please apply online at and select current opportunities. Please complete the attached questionnaire.





Assist in the development of topic specific reports utilizing data from a variety of sources. Project consists of:

  • Selection of topic (e.g., smoking, physical activity).
  • Identification of measurement concepts and indicators, analysis of data, development of report format, development of final report.
  • Deliverables include a final report and presentation.


Diabetes Population Risk Tool (DPoRT) 2015/2016 analysis and report update (pending availability of 2016 data). Project consists of:

  • Orientation to syntax and data to run DPoRT
  • Analysis using DPoRT syntax
  • Update of DPoRT report
  • Deliverables include a final report and presentation
  • Exploration of other PoRTs (e.g., HRUPoRT – High risk users population risk tool)


Comparative analysis of 1991 and 2011 standard population for calculating rates. Project consists of:

  • Comparison of 1991 and 2011 age structure
  • Assessment of 1991 and 2011 standardized rates using several public health indicators to identify rate differences
  • Short report describing the impact on reporting using 2011 standard population and presentation.


Analysis of selected modules of the Canadian Community Health Survey (pending availability of data 2016 data):

  • Analyze selected module (s) that will be uploaded to the Peel Health Data Website.

Analysis of emergency department or hospitalization data to better understand the use of and differences between the most responsible diagnosis and all diagnoses. Current practice is to use the most responsible diagnosis code. Project consists of:

  • Review of documentation and reports
  • Evaluation of the impact of including additional diagnosis codes for analysis of emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
  • Analysis of ED or hospital data
  • Development of a final report with recommendations of when to use all codes and when to use the most responsible diagnosis
  • Presentation of results



Analysis of emergency department or hospitalization data to better understand differences in analyzing the data by visit/hospitalization (multiple records per person) vs. at the individual level. Current practice is to assess the burden by analyzing the data at the visit/hospitalization level. Project consists of:

  • Review of documentation and reports
  • Analysis of the data at the individual level and determine when it is appropriate or more informative for public health practice to do so.
  • Development a final report with recommendations of when to use visits and when to use client
  • Presentation of results

Additional Information

At the Region of Peel, we respect diversity and treat one another in ways that are fair, courteous and compassionate, recognizing everyone’s contributions. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. The Region of Peel is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


Please be advised, the Region of Peel uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.


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