Philpott, a physician, will help with the design and implementation on a new health-data platform.
The government says the platform will assist researchers and health-system workers as they access anonymized data.
The information will be used to help research and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philpott served as minister in the federal government until she was ejected from the Liberal caucus in 2019.
She was defeated in the last federal election and took a new role at Queen’s University earlier this year.
© 2020 The Canadian Press