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



  • On a blue background the graphic says “care in the sun” in yellow writing. From left to right, the is a graphic of an umbrella and text that says, “stay in the shade between 1am and 3pm”; a graphic of a red long-sleeved top and text that says, “cover up”; a graphic of blue sunglasses and text that says, “wear sunglasses with 100& UV protection”; a graphic of an orange and yellow hat and text that says, “wear a broad-brim hat”; and a graphic of suncream and text that says, “use sun protection with at least S

    Public urged to look out for vulnerable people in hot weather

    - News
    With temperatures set to rise in the coming days the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to protect themselves from the sun and to look out for older and more vulnerable people. Although there is no current weather warning for Northern
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    Know your alcohol limits for a safe Twelfth of July

    - News
    As many get ready for Twelfth of July celebrations, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone choosing to drink to keep an eye on their alcohol intake by making a plan of setting a sensible limit and sticking to it. Whether it’s drinking at
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    Why do I have to wait for my vaccination against monkeypox?

    - Publication
    A smallpox (MVA) vaccination is being offered to people who are most at risk to help protect them against monkeypox. This leaflet explains that there is a limited supply of the MVA vaccine so, initially, one dose is being offered to those at highest

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