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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    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
  • Learning Matters Newsletters

    Learning Matters Newsletters

    - Publication
    The Public Health Agency and the Health and Social Care Board are committed to improving the quality of services in Northern Ireland. Learning Matters Newsletter provides a new method of sharing learning relating to serious adverse incidents
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    Protecting you from monkeypox

    - Publication
    This leaflet is for those people being offered the smallpox vaccine to protect against monkeypox. As monkeypox is caused by a virus similar to smallpox, vaccines against smallpox are expected to prevent or reduce the severity of the monkeypox

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