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Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers

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NOC:4165
Occupation:Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, produce reports and administer health care policies and programs. These jobs often involve communicating with the media and the public, as well as providing information and advice to healthcare professionals, politicians, and government officials. They are employed by government departments and agencies, consulting establishments, universities, research institutes, hospitals, community agencies, educational institutions, professional associations, non-governmental organizations and international organizations.

Job duties:
Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist in developing government health policy by reviewing relevant literature, conducting interviews, collecting and analyzing statistical data, and providing advice to senior managers and officials on issues such as health promotion, regulation, standards and financing.
  • Design and implement health projects or programs.
  • Maintain, update and manage health information databases.
  • Compile and analyze statistical information provided by private and public health care institutions and organizations and produce reports.
  • Monitor and evaluate health care programs operated by government departments and agencies or private organizations.
  • Assess compliance with health standards and identify remedial action if necessary.
  • Conduct evaluations and assessments of health projects and programs.
  • Provide consulting services to clients in private establishments or government departments or agencies.
  • Respond to internal and external program and policy information requests.
  • Produce newsletters, magazines and other documents to provide information to association or organization members or the general public.
  • Present the views of an association or organization to politicians, government officials, the media or the general public.

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers may specialize in a particular area of health policy development, research or program administration such as addiction research.

Sample job titles:
  • clinical research program manager
  • coroner
  • health and social services liaison officer
  • health care planning consultant
  • health policy research analyst
  • health promotion program officer
  • home-care programs consultant
  • long-term care program consultant
  • mental health programs consultant
  • wellness consultant
Skills:

To work in these fields, you should be organized, resourceful, and able to cooperate with others in a team. You must be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. You will need an interest in research and familiarity with computers. Advanced computer and technical skills for data manipulation and statistical analysis may be required in some positions.

Job requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in health science, public administration, recreation administration or hospital administration, or a bachelor's degree in social science, is required.
  • A graduate degree in health, social science or an administrative discipline may be required.
Other considerations:

Both part-time employment and self-employment are relatively common in this group. Several years of experience in the health field as a health care professional or as a community or social service worker are usually required.
Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 62% of Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $67,263. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers845Strong growth95Low
Minimum: $22.50
Median: $31.91
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $7,258
Median: $54,616
Maximum: $93,835
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time84%79%
Percent self-employed2%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentHealth Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern4%x12%$30,581
Northern8%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax74%$50,05547%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeHealth Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-243%N/A
25-3424%5%
35-4429%37%
45-5426%29%
55-6418%24%
65+N/A5%
Median Age4544
GenderHealth Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female80%64%
Male20%36%
EducationHealth Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program OfficersCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx2.8%$11,346
High school4.8%$44,67614.3%$25,801
Trades certificate2.2%x4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma14.0%$60,19921.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma1.6%x2.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree33.9%$56,68929.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma1.6%$68,6243.4%$47,801
Master's degreex$66,89617.2%$35,978
Doctorate37.1%x4.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry3.8%x0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Public Service Commission of Canada - Atlantic
1505 Barrington Street, Suite 1525, Maritime Centre
Halifax, NS B3J 3Y6
Tel: (877) 998-7979
Fax: (888) 457-5333
job-emplois@psc-cfp.gc.ca
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
1075 Bay Street, Suite 401
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1
Tel: (416) 924-8787
Fax: (416) 924-4992
ntl@ipac.ca
Canadian Public Health Association
404-1525 Carling Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R9
Tel: (613) 725-3769
Fax: (613) 725-9826
info@cpha.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Bioethics/medical ethics
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of ethics, religion, jurisprudence, and the social sciences to the analysis of health care issues, clinical decision making, and research procedures. These programs include courses in philosophical ethics, moral value, medical sociology, theology, spirituality and health, policy analysis, decision theory, and applications to problems such as death and dying, therapeutic relationships, organ transplantation, human and animal subjects, reproduction and fertility, health care justice, cultural sensitivity, needs assessment, professionalism, conflict of interest, chaplaincy, and clinical or emergency procedures.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Program Name:Dietetics and clinical nutrition services - Other
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Health law (LLM, MJ, JSD/SJD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Health services administration
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of policy analysis, public administration, business management, and communications to the planning and management of health services delivery systems in the public and private sectors, and prepares individuals to function as health services administrators and managers. These programs include courses in health systems planning, public health organization and management, pubic health policy formulation and analysis, finance, business and operations management, economics of health care, organizational and health communications, marketing, human resources management, and public health laws and regulations.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Health services/allied health/health sciences - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general, introductory, undifferentiated, or joint program in health services occupations that prepares individuals for either entry into specialized training programs or for a variety of concentrations in the allied health area. These programs include courses in the basic sciences, research and clinical procedures, and aspects of the subject matter related to various health occupations.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Program Name:Health/health care administration/management
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. These programs include courses in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health laws and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Human development and family studies - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on basic human developmental and behavioural characteristics of the individual within the context of the family. These programs include courses in the conditions that influence human growth and development; strategies that promote growth and development across the lifespan; and the study of family systems.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Human nutrition
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the relationships between food consumption and human development and health. These programs include courses in the cellular and molecular processes of food processing in the human body, related metabolic processes, the relationship of food and nutrition to disease, and nutritional needs across the lifespan.
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St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
800 Windmill Rd, Suite 205
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1L1
(902) 425-0895
halifax@csnn.ca
Program Name:Parks, recreation and leisure facilities management
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to develop and manage park facilities and other indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure facilities. These programs include courses in supervising support personnel, health and safety standards, public relations, and basic business and marketing principles.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Public administration
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of government; and that focuses on the systematic study of executive organization and management. These programs include courses in the roles, development, and principles of public administration; the management of public policy; executive-legislative relations; public budgetary processes and financial management; administrative law; public personnel management; professional ethics; and research methods.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Public health (MPH, DPH) - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and evaluate public health care services and to function as public health officers. These programs include courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health principles, preventive medicine, health policies and regulations, health care services and related administrative functions, public health law enforcement, health economics and budgeting, public communications, and professional standards and ethics.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Public health education and promotion
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of educational and communications principles and methods to the promotion of preventive health measures and the education of targeted populations on health issues, and prepares individuals to function as public health educators and health promotion specialists. These programs include courses in human development; health issues across the lifespan; population-specific health issues; principles and methods of public health education; administration of health education campaigns and programs; evaluation methods; public communications; and applications to specific public health subjects and issues.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Public policy analysis
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the systematic analysis of public policy issues and decision processes. These programs include courses in the role of economic and political factors in public decision making and policy formulation; microeconomic analysis of policy issues; resource allocation and decision modelling; cost/benefit analysis; statistical methods; and applications to specific public policy topics.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
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