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



  • Reducing workforce movement factsheet

    Reducing workforce movement between care homes

    - Publication
    This document has been developed to support the Department of Health's guidance for nursing and care homes on reducing non-essential footfall into homes. It provides advice for homes on minimising staff movement between homes as much as possible.
  • Dr John Snow

    The rise of the armchair epidemiologist

    - Media
    Dr Claire Neill, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, PHA and Dr Lynsey Patterson, Head of Health Protection Surveillance, PHA The year was 1858 and an area of London had been hit by an outbreak of cholera (an infection caused by bacteria). The
  • COVID-19 small grants

    PHA announces COVID-19 community funding

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has launched a new programme of investment that will provide support to communities in response to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic. The PHA is encouraging groups to apply to the short-term funding programme, which can
  • 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