Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers

(NOC 4165)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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 work for government departments and agencies, consulting firms, universities, research institutes, hospitals, community agencies, professional associations, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers may specialize in an area of health policy development, research, or program administration like addiction research.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 115 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate 770 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4115 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other 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 moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Health Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 58% 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)

Hourly Pay

$26.67

Minimum

$33.94

Median

$47.80

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,258

Minimum

$54,616

Median

$93,835

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.74

Minimum

$33.28

Median

$46.76

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

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 work for government departments and agencies, consulting firms, universities, research institutes, hospitals, community agencies, professional associations, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers may specialize in an area of health policy development, research, or program administration like addiction research.

Job duties

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers:

  • Help develop government health policy by reviewing relevant literature, conducting interviews, collecting and analyzing statistical data, and providing advice to senior managers and officials on issues like 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.
  • Help comply with health standards and identify corrective action if necessary.
  • Conduct evaluations and assessments of health projects and programs.
  • Provide consulting services to clients in private companies 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 public.
  • Present the views of an association or organization to politicians, government officials, the media, or the public.

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
  • occupational health and wellness consultant

Skills

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

985

employed in 2016

78.7%

employed full-time

5.6%

self employed

79.7%
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20.3%
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45

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

76.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

74.1%

Halifax

9.1%

Annapolis Valley

7.6%

North Shore

5.6%

Cape Breton

3.6%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

45.0%

Health care and social assistance

21.1%

Public administration

12.9%

Professional, scientific and technical services

7.0%

Other services (except public administration)

3.5%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

45-54

24.0%

25-34

21.0%

35-44

14.0%

55-64

7.0%

65+

5.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

24.2%

35-44

22.7%

45-54

21.4%

25-34

17.2%

55-64

8.4%

15-24

Top levels of education

36.5%

Master's degree

$60,186 median annual income
34.5%

Bachelor's degree

$54,227 median annual income
13.2%

College certificate or diploma

$45,761 median annual income
5.6%

High school

$16,728 median annual income
3.6%

Doctorate

$59,537 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

28.9%

Bachelor's degree

$45,929 median annual income
21.2%

College certificate or diploma

$35,398 median annual income
16.8%

Master's degree

$71,043 median annual income
14.6%

High school

$29,055 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$100,443 median annual income

Education & training

Bioethics/medical ethics

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Dietetics and clinical nutrition services - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes any program not listed above that relates to Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Health law (LLM, MJ, JSD/SJD)

This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)

This instructional program class includes any advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Health services administration

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Health services/allied health/health sciences - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Health/health care administration/management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Human development and family studies - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Human nutrition

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Parks, recreation and leisure facilities management

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Public administration

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Public health (MPH, DPH) - General

This program is typically offered at the university graduate level (Masters, PhD)

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Public health education and promotion

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Public policy analysis

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
1075 Bay Street, Suite 401
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1
Tel: (416) 924-8787
Fax: (416) 924-4992
Canadian Public Health Association
404-1525 Carling Ave
Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R9
Tel: (613) 725-3769
Fax: (613) 725-9826

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