RCSI Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
22 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

RCSI Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology

Reporting To: Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI
Location: RCSI, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2
Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Contract type/duration: Permanent contract 
Application closing date: 13th January 2019 at 11pm
Interview date: Week commencing 10th February 2019
Full job description and application process:

Executive Summary
RCSI is seeking to appoint a senior leader to the position of Professor and Head of the RCSI Department of Public Health and Epidemiology. 
The successful candidate will be a medical graduate; and will be a highly motivated individual with extensive experience of academic public health, both teaching and research. S/he will be a recognised expert in his/her field with strong executive management experience. S/he will build on departmental achievements to-date, inspiring and leading the education and research agenda for the next phase of growth in public health and epidemiology, at the RCSI. S/he will inspire colleagues, while driving the continuing development of a culture of collegiality and innovation in the Department, and with colleagues across RCSI. 

As Chair in Public Health and Epidemiology, the post-holder will report to the Dean. The successful candidate will be a member of the RCSI Academic Council and will provide vision and leadership, to ensure our environment of excellence continues to grow and develop. 

Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
The RCSI Department of Public Health and Epidemiology is located in Beaux Lane House, on the College’s main campus at St Stephens Green in the centre of Dublin. Together with the Department of Health Psychology, and the Data Science Centre, we work as the Division of Population Health Sciences (PHS). 

The educational focus of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology is on teaching evidence-based health and public health epidemiology to medical students; and postgraduate teaching in statistics and research methods on the Structured Population Health and Health Services SPhERE PHD Programme. Department research focuses on global, national and European research priorities, aligned with the College’s Research Strategy.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a medically qualified doctor, with a certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST) in public health medicine or other evidence of public health professional training
  • Be registered, or eligible for registration, on the specialist register of the Irish Medical Council in the specialty of Public Health Medicine
  • Have extensive experience in academic medical education, including content development, teaching and examination; preferably with experience in teaching undergraduate medical students, the use of technology enhanced learning
  • Be an internationally competitive research leader with a substantial track record of research success as evidenced by a strong portfolio of peer-reviewed research publications and grant awards, with evidence of strong international research networks and collaborations
  • Demonstrate the vision, leadership, strategic thinking and strategy execution skills, to adopt a significant leadership role in RCSI, with an ability to lead a diverse team of academics, researchers and administrators, all committed to delivering an exceptional student experience
  • Demonstrate the ability to influence and manage complex relationships at all levels, maintaining excellent and collaborative working relationships with colleagues in the Basic and Clinical Sciences, and with proven capability to undertake high level representative roles, nationally and internationally
  • Display a thorough knowledge of current international research, policy and practice in the field of public health and epidemiology, with the ability to make maximum use of challenges, initiatives and opportunities; and apply them to undergraduate medical education

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

Provide vision, leadership and inspiration to continually develop the RCSI Department of Public Health and Epidemiology in the fields of teaching and research. These principle responsibilities to be achieved through:

  • Leading the design and delivery of the department’s undergraduate teaching programme in public health and epidemiology, including contributing to the education and assessment schedules, and evaluation
  • Playing a leading role in the development and implementation of RCSI’s new undergraduate curriculum, working in collaboration with other department heads and colleagues in the Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Being an international leader in a relevant area of research that is broadly aligned to the RCSI Research Strategy, and that makes a significant contribution to RCSI’s research performance 
  • Providing operational leadership for the day-to-day operations of the RCSI Department of Public Health and Epidemiology including 
  • Developing, nurturing and advising department staff as appropriate to each individual and the team
  • Supporting teaching and where necessary contributing to examination activities on RCSI’s international campuses, to ensure consistency of teaching standards and assessments 
  • Actively participating in the RCSI Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as a member of the Academic Council.
  • Assisting in the implementation of the College’s strategic plan, aligning the work of the department with relevant college-wide initiatives
  • Chairing and participating in appropriate RCSI Committees
  • Being responsible for the RCSI Department of Public Health and Epidemiology budgetary processes
  • Supporting colleagues including the relevant heads of department in Undergraduate Medicine in the Medicine University of Bahrain and Perdana University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and postgraduate courses in RUMC, Penang, Malaysia - this may include travel to these sites
  • Ensuring compliance with the Health and Safety regulations of RCSI
  • Supporting the implementation of RCSI policies and procedures, including undergoing any training that may be required for fulfilment of the role of Department Head.

The above is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post.

Application Procedure 
Applications for this post must be made by 11pm on Sunday, 13th January 2019 through the RCSI careers website. Please visit, select ‘Current vacancies’ and search for ‘Academic’ competition type.

Formal & Informal Queries
For queries relating to the application process, please contact Maggie Walshe in the RCSI Human Resources department on +353 (0)1 402 2287, or Email: Maggie can arrange for relevant queries on the academic aspects of the role to be addressed by the relevant person.