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



  • Enjoy healthy eating

    Enjoy healthy eating

    - Publication
    What we eat every day has a big impact on our health – from the amount of energy we have when we get up in the morning to our risk of developing conditions like heart disease and cancer in the future. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be boring or
  • Folic acid – one of life’s essentials

    Folic acid – one of life’s essentials

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    This leaflet for women of child-bearing age explains what folate and folic acid are, why they are important and how to get enough.
  • Is your waistline creeping up on you?

    Is your waistline creeping up on you?

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    If you think you could be inching towards bad health then this leaflet is packed with tips and advice to help you keep your weight and waistline healthy.Now includes food and physical activity diaries to complete, and a pull-out section for a weekly
  • Weaning made easy: moving from milk to family meals (English and translations)

    Weaning made easy: moving from milk to family meals (English and translations)

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    As a parent you want the best start for your baby. What your child eats and drinks is important for his/her health now and in the future. The information in this leaflet may be quite different from what you have read before, or what your friends or