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




    Simple test will play key role in helping keep schools safe

    - News
    As schools, pupils and parents get ready for the return to class after the mid-term break, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Education Authority (EA) are highlighting the importance of regular asymptomatic testing in schools in reducing the spread
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    Winter vaccines

    - Publication
    This information booklet highlights the importance of the seasonal flu vaccine and the COVID-19 booster vaccine for those who are eligible. It supports the Public Health Agency’s ‘Boost your immunity this winter’ public information campaign. The
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    PHA urges young people to get vaccinated this weekend

    - News
    The ripple effect from a single COVID-19 outbreak has been highlighted today, as the Public Health Agency (PHA) encourages young people to get vaccinated. This weekend, 27 and 28 November, sees a series of special vaccination clinics across Northern

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