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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    Had your COVID-19 vaccine? - poster for care homes

    - Publication
    This poster is designed to remind staff in care homes of the need to continue following precautions against spreading COVID-19, even after they have been vaccinated.
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    ‘Commit to Quit’ this March with local Stop Smoking Services

    - News
    We are fast approaching No Smoking Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are urging people to ‘Make March Your Month to Quit’. Colette Rogers, Strategic Lead for Tobacco Control with the PHA, said: “During the

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