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



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    Student Mental Health during COVID-19

    - Media
    The full impact on students’ mental health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to be assessed. Much work has been done by educational facilities to prepare students and to reconsider course delivery methods in light of COVID-19 restrictions
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) poster for pharmacies and translations

    - Publication
    Posters for pharmacies have been translated into 11 languages. Please note these translations are based on previous version. Other languages may be available upon request by contacting us. If you need information in a language that is not yet
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    Have that conversation on end of life planning

    - News
    The issue of death and dying is one which we often, as a society find difficult to talk about, particularly with our frail and elderly loved ones. Few of us want to consider the end. With the pandemic sweeping across the world this year, this issue
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    Vaccinate kids as the first line of defence against flu

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling on parents of children aged 2-12 to get them vaccinated against flu. This will help protect not only them but also those around them, particularly older grandparents or relations with an underlying health