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



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    Important advice to pregnant women during lambing season

    - News
    With spring just around the corner the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be, pregnant to reduce their risk of
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    Digital technology and home-schooling during COVID-19

    - Media
    With a return to homeschooling we revisit our blog article Digital Technology and Home-schooling during COVID-19. By Claire Dorris, National Children’s Bureau and Maurice Meehan, PHA. No-one could have predicted just how valuable technology would be
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    Drinking during lockdown – what’s the big deal?

    - Media
    With January being a time when many examine their relationship with alcohol, we revisit our blog article Drinking during lockdown, what’s the big deal? The government has advised us to avoid unnecessary social contact, thereby protecting ourselves

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