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



  • Picture of a woman breastfeeding

    Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet

    - Media
    Janet Calvert, PHA Health Improvement The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency
  • COVID-19 coronavirus

    PHA cluster assessment shows cases in both workplace and community settings

    - News
    An analysis of COVID-19 clusters across Northern Ireland by the Public Health Agency (PHA) has shown that they are occurring in both workplaces and communities. Since 25th May 2020, when the contact tracing pilot ended and the full test and trace
  • PHA Update

    PHA Update

    - Publication
    The Public Health Agency has launched a monthly update. The aim of the PHA Update is to help maintain a source of regular communication with stakeholders on key areas of work, with particular focus at present on COVID-19. Subscribers will receive the
  • A parent and child cuddling on a sofa

    Looking after our own and our children’s emotions during COVID-19

    - Media
    As we navigate through these changing and challenging times, we are dealing with work interruptions, family disruptions, health concern. None of us is immune to increased stress and anxiety, and this can affect our ability to adapt to a ‘new normal’