4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers

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Lead statement

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.

Example Titles

  • health care planner
  • health promotion program officer
  • health services researcher
  • policy development officer – nursing homes
  • mental health programs consultant
  • drug and alcohol abuse consultant
  • health care consultant
  • health policy research analyst
  • child health care programs planning officer

Main 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 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Exclusions

  • Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41664166)
  • Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration (04110411)
  • Managers in health care (03110311)
  • Social and community service workers (42124212)
  • Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41644164)