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Assistant Professor, Health Policy

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Deadline: June 30, 2015  12:00:00 am

The School of Public Health, University of Alberta, is seeking to fill a tenure-track position in the area of health policy. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level; however, an outstanding candidate may be appointed at the associate level.

To be considered, a candidate must have a PhD degree and proficiency in public health with expertise or training in one or more of the following: health services research, political science, sociology, health economics, public administration or other relevant disciplines. The applicant must have knowledge of the Canadian health system, including the role of public health. In addition, applicants must have a track record of high quality outputs that demonstrate potential for independent research and success in peer-reviewed grant applications, a demonstrated aptitude for teaching graduate courses in health policy theory, research methods and practice, and evidence of an ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. Relevant post-doctoral experience, a history of policy practice or evidence of engaged scholarship would be an asset.

The successful candidate will approach scholarship from a theoretical framework with relevance to practice while developing a public health policy research program that attracts peer reviewed funding and builds relationships for engaged scholarship with communities of practice, including practitioners in the health system. She/he will supervise thesis-based graduate students (MSc and PhD), and develop and teach graduate courses in health policy that present a blend of theory and practice.

The School of Public Health (SPH), University of Alberta, is the first in Canada to earn full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health with a vision to become the leading school of public health in Canada. Our mission is to engage with partners to create knowledge, educate public health professionals and to advance the public’s health. With 338 graduate students in MPH, MSc and PhD programs, 31 core and over 100 affiliated faculty members and associated academic and research staff, the SPH is committed to educating current and future public health system leaders, engaging in collaborations and partnerships to identify public health issues, and advocating for, disseminating, and implementing effective public health policies and practices. SPH is committed to action-oriented, interdisciplinary and collaborative engaged scholarship in public health that has direct or indirect benefit to society. For more information about the School please visit our web site at

The province of Alberta has a strong economy and the city of Edmonton is a vibrant, multi-cultural centre with just over one million people that offers the benefits of an urban lifestyle combined with high-quality schools, excellent public transportation and ample opportunities for recreation.

Applicants must submit a letter of application outlining their research, teaching, and applied public health and policy experience and interests, curriculum vitae, reprints of up to five of their most significant publications, a teaching dossier and the names of three referees. The selection committee will begin consideration of applicants on October 17th and continue until the position is filled.  The start date for this position is July 1, 2015


How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.


Academic Search Committee
Attention: Office of the Vice-Dean
School of Public Health
University of Alberta
3-317 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 1C9



(780) 492-0364



All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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