Learning Health System Analyst

Open until filled
Closing date
Internal / External
BC AHSN Position
Job type
Full time
How to apply

Please respond with cover letter and resume to: wmughal@bcsupportunit.ca by September 22, 2021, with the subject line “LHS Analyst, BC SUPPORT Unit.”

Position Title: Learning Health System Analyst
Component:   BC AHSN
Reports to:      Program Director, Data, BC SUPPORT Unit
Classification: Full-time, salary, 1-year appointment, potentially renewable
Reports:           N/A

Position Purpose & Overview

The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) was created by the BC Ministry of Health as a key enabler of a scientific and learning approach to continuous improvement and strategic transformation of BC’s health system.

Its creation in 2016 reflected a need to address a gap in the province’s health research environment, particularly the need to better connect provincial health research to clinical practice. As an independent provincial organization focused on creating collaborative partnerships and aligning priorities and resources, BC AHSN seeks to create an environment in which research and innovation are more readily translated, applied into clinical practice and policy, and evaluated for patient benefit and value.

An overarching theme for all BC AHSN activities is the Learning Health System, which is a core component area of CIHR’s SPOR Phase II. As such, BC AHSN connects and catalyzes the province’s collective expertise and resources, bringing together patients, professionals, clinicians, government, health authorities, academic institutions, and a host of organizations across BC’s research, health care, professional and educational sectors. The processes we are developing and the resources we bring will help BC attain measurable improvement in health and health care.

BC AHSN is in the process of consolidating with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) to create a new organization. The core purpose of this new organization is to improve BC's health system, economy, and the health of British Columbians through a vibrant, coherent, inclusive, and globally competitive provincial learning health system. Find out more details about the consolidation at bcahsn.ca. The consolidation process will be complete by September 30th, 2021. This position is an integral part of the staff team and will continue within the new organization for the length of the term.

The Learning Health System Analyst is a key position within the BC AHSN, intended to advance the use of data to support system improvements within the BC health system. The Analyst will initially work with the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network (PC ICCN), the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Long Term Care Quality Improvement Initiative (LTC-QI).

The successful candidate will relish the opportunity to work as part of a team that positively impacts the health of British Columbians, collaboratively identifying creative solutions to drive effective and meaningful knowledge translation, research, and health system improvement.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Program Director, Data in the BC SUPPORT Unit, the Learning Health System Analyst:

  • Clearly defines requirements for data analytic products and services for teams by working closely with project team members.
  • Appropriately prepare datasets (e.g., review data quality, clean, transform where needed, etc.) for analysis
  • Guide, support, and perform analyses for different teams. Teams currently identified include PC ICCN, RCCbc and LTC-QI.
  • Using analytical findings, drafts reports and other knowledge translation materials for different audiences.
  • Communicates with stakeholders about findings, obtains and incorporates feedback where appropriate.
  • Other related duties.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in health services research, biostatistics, epidemiology, data science, or other health care-related discipline. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Experience with observational research design and analysis, and statistical methodology.
  • Experience working with health system administrative data sets.
  • Experience using statistical software packages such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, Python, or similar.
  • Experience running queries against SQL databases
  • Experience with or knowledge of the context with each of the following areas are not necessary, but will be considered assets:
    •  Working with clients in rural or remote locations.
    •  Working with diverse groups, particularly Indigenous populations, and understanding and respecting their unique context.
    •  Addressing concepts of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis; and Indigenous data sovereignty as they apply to health data and data analysis.
    •  Working in the health system or a health care service delivery organization within BC.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Effectively engages and communicates with multiple stakeholders from different projects, working as a good team player
  • Able to manage the competing priorities among various projects and work tasks.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and listening skills
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail within a privacy-sensitive environment.


This job profile outlines the key responsibilities for the roles and is not meant to be exhaustive. It should be understood that the activities, responsibilities and obligations of this position may be modified from time to time, through discussion between the Supervisor and/or President and the incumbent, in order to effectively meet the requirements of the Society.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please respond with cover letter and resume to: wmughal@bcsupportunit.ca by September 22, 2021, with the subject line “LHS Analyst, BC SUPPORT Unit"