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



  • Test, Trace, Protect

    COVID-19 cluster/outbreak summary

    - Publication
    Cluster and outbreak identification and follow up is an important part of the COVID-19 Test, Trace and Protect Strategy in Northern Ireland. This report contains the number of outbreaks and clusters by setting over a four week period.
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    The dos and don’ts of viewing the upcoming solar eclipse

    - News
    An annular solar eclipse will occur tomorrow – June 10, when the Moon will pass between Earth and the Sun, thereby partly obscuring the image of the Sun. It is expected to be a spectacular sight – but it also has the potential to cause blindness. The
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    Accident prevention in the spotlight during Child Safety Week

    - News
    Accidents are the main cause of death for children post-infancy, with many occurring in the home. During Child Safety Week (7-13 June) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of accidents that can happen in the home and providing helpful

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