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



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

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

    - Publication
    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
  • CoMC graphic in purple with a pregnant woman inside a heart shape

    New model of care for pregnant women in Northern Ireland

    - News
    A new model of care which will improve maternity services for women and babies in Northern Ireland is being launched. The new model, which will see women receive support from the same midwifery team during pregnancy, birth and in the early days after
  • 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

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