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  


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    Promoting healthier food and drink - A good practice guide for physical activity leaders and sports coaches

    - Publication
    This guide aims to provide physical activity leaders and sports coaches with advice on healthier food and drink options in settings where physical activity or sport is taking place or is promoted. Based on original text by Active Belfast, it has been
  • Bottlefeeding


    - Publication
    This booklet provides new safety inormation on the preparation and storage of infant formula milk and is aimed at minimising the risk of infection from bacteria that may sometimes be present in the milk powder. It explains how to sterilise feeding
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work

    Breastfeeding and returning to work

    - Publication
    This leaflet aims to encourage breastfeeding mothers to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work. It highlights the benefits of continuing to breastfeed, sets out the options for combining breastfeeding and work, explain the rights

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