Practicum Student - Data Analysis: Cannabis Policy Study in the...

Public Health Ontario Toronto, ON 2022-09-16 Full-time
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Location: PHO Corporate Office, 480 University Avenue, Toronto, ON

Department: Employee, Third Party Grants

The Role

• Please note that this position is only open to students who are currently enrolled in an academic program where the completion of practicum placement is required.

On October 17, 2018, Canada became only the second country (after Uruguay) to legalize non-medical cannabis. Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut are critical jurisdictions to examine the impact of cannabis legalization because the territories have the highest prevalence of per capita cannabis use in Canada. Despite the importance of the territories with respect to cannabis regulations, there are very little existing data to guide cannabis policy in the territories. Our team is conducting a longitudinal study in the 3 territories to fill this substantial data gap. Moreover, this research includes cannabis control policy specific variables that will enable assessments of individual national and territorial regulatory measures. Overall, the primary purpose of this research is to provide decision makers in the 3 Canadian territories with ongoing feedback in the early stages of cannabis legalization, and evidence on the longer-term public health effects.

This study includes a population-based online survey among a total of 1,500 participants (500 in each of the 3 territories) aged 16+. The survey will be conducted each year in 2021, 2022, and 2023. To date, we have completed the survey data collections in 2021 and 2022. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to conduct data analysis using survey data and to practice their analytic skills. They will also have the opportunity to support knowledge translation plans and products aiming to maximize uptake and application of the results in practice and policy at the national, territorial, community levels.

Suggested placement start date: January 2023


• Enrolment in a graduate level degree program in public health, health promotion, epidemiology, nursing or social sciences.

• Specialization in Epidemiology preferred.

Educational Objectives-

• Understand survey methods.

• Conduct data analysis of relevant indicators for cannabis use and regulations.

• Support knowledge translation plans and products reporting select results to national, territorial, and community partners.

• Opportunity to engage with public health practitioners and community leaders.

Knowledge And Skills-

• Knowledge of SAS or R (statistical software).

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Clear understanding of the research process acquired through practical or academic experience would be considered an asset.

Proposed Deliverables At The End Of The Placement

• Oral presentation of the project's methods and results, delivered to a public health audience.

• Prepare a technical report for the project website

• Contribute as an author to an academic manuscript to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Duration: Student (Fixed Term), 3 month(s)

Hours of Work: Full time, 36.25 hours per week

Compensation Group: Individual Contributor

Posting Date: 09-16-2022

Closing Date: 10-1-2022

Please note: applications will be received no later than 11:59pm on the date preceding the closing date as indicated on the Job Requisition.

Note: Internal candidates will be considered first.

All new PHO employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire in accordance with Public Health Ontario’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, unless they are exempt on the basis of medical or other grounds pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected to move forward in the recruitment process will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.

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