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



  • Stay safe

    Public health authorities on both sides of border urge caution

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland are urging people to stick to key public health advice and exercise caution over coming weeks, particularly with regard to cross
  • Sun Awareness Week 2021

    This Sun Awareness Week be UV aware

    - News
    This Sun Awareness Week [May 3-9] the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are encouraging people to stay safe in the sun and to be UV aware. Denise McCallion, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager at the PHA, said:
  • COVID-19 vaccination - health and social care workers leaflet image

    COVID-19 vaccination - protection for health and social care workers and translations

    - Publication
    This leaflet describes the COVID-19 vaccination for health and social care workers, including HSC Trust employees, care home staff and domiciliary and primary care staff. The leaflet explains why it's important to get your vaccine and includes

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