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



  • drugs warning

    Call to alert young people to dangers of ‘spice’

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is calling on parents and guardians to talk to young people about the dangers of vaping unknown substances after further reports of incidents of young people falling ill after vaping ‘spice’. Since November the PHA has
  • variant detected

    Variant Under Investigation VUI B.1.617.2 detected in Northern Ireland

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed that seven cases of the COVID-19 variant under investigation VUI B.1.617.2 (first detected in India) have been detected in Northern Ireland. These are the first confirmed cases of this variant in Northern
  • get active

    Get active in the brighter nights to boost your physical and mental health

    - News
    As the nights get brighter, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to get out and get active. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s joint lead on Obesity and Physical Activity, said: “Being physically active is really important and daily activity

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