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



  • COVID-19 coronavirus

    Contact Tracing Service goes ‘digital first’

    - News
    The Contact Tracing Service (CTS) is today taking a major step forward, moving to a ‘digital first’ model which will provide online self-service contact tracing for the majority of people who test positive. This innovative system will contact people
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    Understanding COVID-19 and ethnicity

    - Media
    Dr Claire Neil and Maurice Meehan - Public Health Agency COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (or BAME) backgrounds. We explore the emerging evidence surrounding health outcomes associated with
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    New contact tracing text service goes live

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has introduced a new text alert model for close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases. This will strengthen the speed of the Contact Tracing Service (CTS) as case numbers, and the number of subsequent contacts, increases

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