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



  • Home schooling

    Digital technology and home-schooling during COVID-19

    - Media
    By Claire Dorris, National Children’s Bureau and Maurice Meehan, PHA. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here. No-one could have predicted just how valuable technology would be in supporting home-schooling during lockdown, nor how
  • healthy eating

    Eating well to boost our mood during the pandemic

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to eat healthily in order to boost both our physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Feeling good comes from a variety of lifestyle factors including taking exercise, the food we
  • Testing water graphic

    Testing sewage water - an innovation in surveillance for coronavirus

    - Media
    Brendan Bonner, Assistant Director at the Public Health Agency, looks at an unusual innovation. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here. As national governments continue to explore innovative approaches to monitoring the infection
  • Care homes

    Protecting and supporting our care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

    - Media
    By Dr Claire Neill, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, Public Health Agency. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here. Those living in care home settings, including nursing and residential homes, disability and mental health, have