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



  • Campaign poster showing a man in his 20s with word behind him "I'm not ok" with the word "not" slightly hidden.

    ‘Talking really helps’ campaign launched

    - News
    A new campaign from the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging anyone with feelings of anxiety or distress, or who is in crisis, to start the conversation about their thoughts and feelings. The ‘Talking really helps’ campaign on TV, radio, social
  • cover of Group A Strep FAQs

    Group A Streptococcus in children (including scarlet fever and invasive Group A Streptococcus)

    - Publication
    These FAQs have been developed to provide information and advice on Group A Streptococcus and its public health management, and are aimed at healthcare professionals and those working in education and early years settings.
  • cover

    Are you using the right qFIT kit?

    - Publication
    This poster is for health professionals to ensure patients are using the correct qFIT (quantitative Faecal Immunochemical Test) test kit. There are important clinical implications of using the appropriate test.

Care Opinion