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



  • PHA Annual report and accounts for year ended 31 March 2022

    PHA Annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022

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    This report reflects progress by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in 2021/22 in delivering our corporate priorities and highlights examples of work undertaken during this period. It shows how this work has contributed to meeting our wider objectives
  • carbon monoxide summer

    Warning that carbon monoxide can be a hidden killer during summer

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    As many people prepare to head away on holiday, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness that carbon monoxide (CO) can be a hidden killer during the summer months. “Carbon monoxide can build up very quickly in enclosed spaces to levels
  • rabies

    PHA warns travellers on the risk of rabies

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    With many getting ready to head off on their summer holiday’s the Public Health Agency (PHA) is taking the opportunity to remind travellers about the risk of catching rabies from animals. Rabies is an acute viral infection and it is essential to get

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