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



  • Lambing

    Important advice to pregnant women during lambing season

    - News
    With spring just around the corner the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be, pregnant to reduce their risk of
  • 75

    Turning 75 in June? You’re now eligible for the COVID-19 spring booster

    - News
    The COVID-19 spring booster vaccination programme will shortly be coming to an end, but the opportunity has now arisen for those who will turn 75 years old by 30 June 2022 (i.e. those born before 30 June 1947), to receive a spring booster dose. As
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    PHA update on monkeypox

    - News
    There are no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Northern Ireland. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is aware of the cases of monkeypox in England and is in regular contact with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) regarding the situation and a

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