41404 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers



41404 – Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, produce reports and administer health care policies and programs. 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.


Index of titles
Child health care programs planning officer
Decision support analyst - health
Decision support specialist - health
Dental health consultant
Drug and alcohol abuse consultant
Health and social services institution accreditation officer
Health and social services liaison officer
Health care association program officer
Health care consultant
Health care planner
Health care planning consultant
Health care planning officer
Health care program administration officer
Health care researcher
Health educator
Health policy development officer
Health policy research analyst
Health program information analyst
Health promotion program officer
Health research officer
Health services consultant
Health services program consultant
Health services research officer
Health services researcher
Home-care programs consultant
Labour force planning consultant - health sector
Long-term care program consultant
Medical adjudicator - Canada Pension Plan
Mental health programs consultant
Nursing home guidelines development officer
Nursing home policy development officer
Planning coordinator - district health council program
Policy development officer - nursing homes
Wellness consultant
Wellness coordinator
Wellness program coordinator


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Assist in developing government health policy by reviewing relevant literature, conducting interviews, collecting and analysing 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 analyse 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.


Employment 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.
Several years of experience in the health field as a health care professional or as a community or social service worker are usually required.


Additional information
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.
Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.


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Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration (40010)
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