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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    Public reminded of holiday food safety

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people about food safety ahead of long weekend barbecues and as people head off on holidays, as undercooked and mishandled food can cause a number of illnesses. Dr Claire Neill, Consultant in Health
  • image of two hands holding beer bottles with text if you're drinking alcohol to celebrate  the 12th July - know your limits stay safe

    Don’t let alcohol ruin your Twelfth of July

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone choosing to use alcohol during the Twelfth of July celebrations to keep an eye on their drinking by making a sensible plan and sticking to it. Whether it is drinking at home, at a party, at an eleventh
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    The Early Intervention Support Service for families with children 0-18 years

    - Publication
    This leaflet and flyer support the Early Intervention Support Service (EISS), which offers short term support to families with children 0-18 years who have additional needs or are facing challenges that are difficult to overcome.

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