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  


  •  Pictured (L-R) Dr Hannah McCourt, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at Public Health Agency (PHA), Craig Bradley, Vice Principal and Active School Travel Champion at Glenwood Primary School, Wesley Wright, Principal at Glenwood Primary School, Beth Harding, Active School Travel Manager at Sustrans, Beverley Gaston, Active Travel Officer at Sustrans and pupils from Glenwood Primary School.

    Glenwood Primary School puts best foot forward this Walk to School Week

    - News
    A school principal has said that he has noticed pupils having more energy and are more engaged when they have walked to school. Glenwood Primary School in Belfast is taking part in Walk to School Week [20–24 May] as part of this year’s Active School
  • Statistical Profile of Children’s Health in Northern Ireland 2022/23

    - Publication
    The Children’s Health in Northern Ireland 2022/23 report breaks down indicators such as birth weight, maternal BMI, maternal smoking, breastfeeding status by various geographies and by deprivation status. The report includes comparative data from
  • Health Minister Robin Swann marks the 25,000th Farm Families client at the Balmoral Show

    Farm Families celebrates 25,000 milestone

    - News
    The Farm Families Health Checks Programme, which offers on-the-spot health checks to rural communities through a mobile unit attending marts and community-based events, has marked the 25,000 th client to avail of the service at this year’s Balmoral

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