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Specialty Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Subspecialty Medical Health Officer

Role and Facility Information

Enjoy the satisfaction of a rewarding leadership career with Interior Health. We are looking for a Medical Health Officer (MHO) to join our Population Health team and contribute to and enable the health and well-being of the residents living in BC's interior region.

Medical Health Officers (MHOs) are responsible for assessing, monitoring, and reporting on the health status of persons living in the Interior Health (IH) region. They are also responsible for administering various BC statutes and regulations relevant to protecting the health of the population. MHOs provide strategic and tactical support to senior leadership in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs both regionally and within each of the local health areas. They provide clinical consultation and advice to health professionals in both acute and community settings, and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to support healthy public policy.

Reporting to the Chief MHO with oversight from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), MHOs are designated by the Lieutenant Governor of BC under Order in Council.

With both geographic and program responsibilities, this position can be located in any of the beautiful communities within the Interior of British Columbia, and as a top 100 BC Employer, we also offer one of the best benefits packages in Canada!

Key Responsibilities

• Assess, monitor, and report on the health status of the population, and provide advice and recommendations to senior executive and the board of directors relevant to health promotion and disease prevention.
• Administer various BC statutes and regulations including but not limited to the Public Health Act, the Drinking Water Protection Act, the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, the Environmental Management Act, and the Community Charter.
• Provide clinical consultation and advice to health professionals in both acute and community settings across specialty services including communicable disease, infection control, facility licensing and environmental health.
• Provide strategic, tactical, and operational advice to senior leadership across specialty portfolios including aboriginal health, mental health, substance use, harm reduction, maternal child health, primary care transformation, and health emergency management.
• Work collaboratively with management in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating population and public health programs both regionally and within each of the local health areas.
• Engage and build partnerships with various external stakeholders at the provincial, regional and local level including government ministries, municipal councils, school boards, and non-profit community agencies.
• Promote health equity and reduce health disparities by supporting inclusive healthy public policy and service delivery in a manner that is sensitive to both political and social contexts.


Education, Training, and Experience

• Medical Degree (MD) with current (or eligible for) full registration and licensure to practice medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
• Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
• Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Sciences or equivalent post-graduate training
• Two years of experience in progressively more complex and senior medical administrative or public health leadership roles
• BC Driver’s License for travel as required within and between our geographically distributed communities

LEADS Capabilities

Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, develops self, demonstrates character, cultural agility
• Engages Others/Empathy – fosters the development of others, contributes to creation of a healthy organization, communicates effectively, builds effective teams, empathy
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – sets direction, strategically aligns decisions with vision, values and evidence, takes action to implement decisions, assesses and evaluates results, process orientation
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnerships and networks to create results, demonstrates commitment to customers and service, navigates socio-political environments, builds trust
• Systems Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems and critical thinking, encourages and supports innovation, strategically oriented to the future, champions and orchestrates change, systems transformation

Skills and Abilities

• Superior skills in epidemiology and surveillance to support the interpretation and dissemination of public health data to inform and evaluate public health planning, programming and policy.
• Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, provincial policy, practice standards, and clinical guidelines to ensure well-informed evidence based decision-making.
• Experience developing coalitions, cultivating strategic partnerships, defining a common purpose, reaching consensus, and negotiating to conclude a process.
• Ability to communicate with clarity, integrity, and sensitivity to build trust with government partners, non-governmental agencies, media, peers and the public.
• Strong leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving and innovative abilities to develop effective strategies and ensure support and attainment of goals.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

*Starting salary is approximately $225,000 - $282,000 and will be based on education, training and experience.

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to AboriginalEmployment@interiorhealth.ca to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.



Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
Starting salary is approximately $225,000 - $282,000 and will be based on education, training and experience.

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