Public Health Units Consist of a Variety of Staff Disciplines.
The following are brief descriptions of the positions found in our health unit.
Medical Officer of Health …Chief Executive Officer is a medical doctor with extra training and education in community health.
Public Health Nutritionists…are Registered Dietitians and are licensed with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Public Health Nutritionists have a four year university degree in foods and nutrition, plus a two year Master’s Degree in Nutrition.
Public Health Dietitians…are Registered Dietitians and are licensed with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Public Health Dietitians have a four year university degree in foods and nutrition, followed by an internship within a hospital and/or community setting.
Public Health Nurses…are Registered Nurses with the College of Nurses of Ontario who have a four year university degree in Nursing with a focus on public health. They provide public health nursing service to communities, groups, families and individuals throughout the life cycle for purpose of promotion of health and prevention of illness and injury.
Public Health Inspectors…receive four years of University training in Environmental Health Studies. All Inspectors are certified with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
Administrative Assistants…have a Community College Diploma in Office Administration and provide support to staff in a variety of programs and services.
Dental Hygienists…have a two year college diploma in Dental Hygiene and are licensed with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.
Certified Dental Assistants…have a one year college certificate in Dental Assisting and are members of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association.
Registered Practical Nurses…have a two year college diploma in Nursing and are members of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Health Promoters…have a Bachelor’s degree and assess the need for health promotion, plans health promotion activities, and provides direct health promotion services.
The Foundational Standard Nurse…is a Public Health Nurse who assists staff in program planning and evaluation strategies.
The Epidemiologist has a Master’s degree in community health and epidemiology. The Epidemiologist is mainly responsible for data analysis, data presentation, evaluation and monitoring the health status of the community.
The Communication Co-ordinator has a university degree and is responsible for public relations, marketing and graphic design.
The Production Artist is college trained and responsible for graphic design/print production.
The Computer Support Supervisor is college trained and responsible for computer and technical support and training.
The Computer Support Specialist is college trained and responsible for computer and technical support and training.
The Quality Standards Specialist is college trained and supports the integration of the Foundational Standard, Organizational Standards, Quality Standards, Accountability Agreements and other standards and legislation within the Health Unit.
The Webmaster is college trained to design, develop and maintain the health unit's website and intranet communication vehicles.
Vital players on the Health Unit team are Management who provide program and administrative leadership and direction, along with Finance, Human Resources and other Support Staff who make optimum day-to-day functioning possible.