The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.


In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

Public Health

Nursing and Allied Health Professions



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    Get active in the brighter nights to boost your physical and mental health

    - News
    As the nights get brighter, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to get out and get active. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s joint lead on Obesity and Physical Activity, said: “Being physically active is really important and daily activity
  • Stay safe

    Public health authorities on both sides of border urge caution

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland are urging people to stick to key public health advice and exercise caution over coming weeks, particularly with regard to cross
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    Coronavirus bulletin

    - Publication
    The PHA COVID-19 Bulletin presents high level data on key areas currently being used to monitor COVID-19 activity and highlights current issues and public health messages, along with the analysis of the demographic characteristics (age, sex

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