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



  • Download the COVID-19 NI app

    COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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    Everyone in Northern Ireland should now stay at home COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of virus called coronavirus. Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. The best
  • COVID-19 Surveillance Bulletin

    COVID-19 Surveillance Reports

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    The COVID-19 Surveillance Bulletin describes COVID-19 activity in Northern Ireland and is produced Monday to Friday by the PHA. COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of virus called Sars-CoV-2
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    Essential to look after wellbeing while staying at home

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting how important it is for people to look after their wellbeing as they stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Professor Hugo van Woerden, Director of Public Health and Medical
  • Isolate your household coronavirus advice

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) translations

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    The Coronavirus Isolate your household poster has been translated into 11 languages and these translations are available to download below. Posters for GPs and pharmacies have also been translated into 11 languages. More translations will be added