What we do

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is responsible for providing health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement to every member of every community in Northern Ireland. We are committed to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. 
The Public Health Agency was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. 


The PHA operates under a framework of three functional areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations, in order to carry out our mandate to safeguard public health, promote public health and social welfare, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation. Access our Directorates and Service Areas here  


  • Attendees at the event

    Event highlights need for men to attend for potentially life-saving screening

    - News
    An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a potentially fatal condition which can particularly affect older men, but can be detected with a simple ultrasound screening test. In Northern Ireland, the AAA Screening Programme offers this test to men in the
  • Leaflet cover showing the Take 5 steps to wellbeing logo and the icons of the five steps.

    Take 5 steps to wellbeing

    - Publication
    This leaflet outlines five simple steps people can take to maintain and improve their mental health and wellbeing. It was produced and distributed to community pharmacies that deliver the Living Well service. Living Well is a community-based pharmacy
  • pic

    Make sure MMR vaccine is up-to-date before travelling this Christmas

    - News
    Those who have never received the measles vaccine are being encouraged to do so as soon as possible by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to reduce their risk in the lead up to Christmas. Following a rise in measles cases in England, the PHA is reminding

Your opinion matters

Learn about our Patient & Client Experience and leave your feedback

 Care opinion