Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4165)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers do research, produce reports and manage health-care policies and programs.

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People in this occupation work for:

  • government departments and agencies
  • consulting companies
  • universities and other educational institutions
  • research institutions
  • hospitals
  • community agencies
  • professional associations
  • non-governmental organizations
  • international organizations
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Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers:

  • help develop government health policy by reviewing related written material, doing interviews, collecting and analysing statistics, and providing advice to senior managers and officials on issues such as health promotion, regulation, standards and financing
  • design and carry out health projects or programs
  • maintain, update and manage health information databases
  • collect and analyse statistics 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
  • do assessments of health projects and programs
  • offer 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

Special duties

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.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.