Jat Sandhu

Regional Director, Public Health Surveillance Unit

Vancouver Coastal Health

Jat Sandhu

Regional Director, Public Health Surveillance Unit

Vancouver Coastal Health

Education

  • 1990 GCE A—Levels King, George V School, Hong Kong
  • 1994 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • 1996 Masters of Public Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • 1998 MSc in Epidemiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2003 PhD in Epidemiology, University of Bristol, Bristol, England

Biography

Dr Jat Sandhu, is the Regional Director of the Public Health Surveillance Unit at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The Unit was established in 2007 to support regional public health practice in the areas of health assessment, disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations and knowledge exchange. It is a unique resource for public health intelligence and an essential partner for good public health practice.

The Unit has an in interest in both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and was an integral part of the public health planning, implementation and daily status reporting (Health Watch) for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler. The Unit was recognised as a national leading practice for public health by Accreditation Canada in November 2010.

Dr Sandhu has training and work experience that has encompassed British Military Hospital Pathology; WHO regional training centre for Medical Education in Sydney, Australia; the Australian Red Cross; the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health in Alberta; various agencies of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom including local primary care trusts, public health observatory, regional Department of Health (DOH) government office and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Dr Sandhu contributes to public health capacity development through his roles as a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia; Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University; training and supervision of field epidemiologists with the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada; and as an expert advisor to WHO on mass gathering surveillance and urban health observatories.