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



  • PHA Update

    PHA Update

    - Publication
    The Public Health Agency has launched a monthly update. The aim of the PHA Update is to help maintain a source of regular communication with stakeholders on key areas of work, with particular focus at present on COVID-19. Subscribers will receive the
  • Living Well Mental Health campaign launch photo

    Mental health campaign launched in more than 500 community pharmacies

    - News
    Northern Ireland’s Interim Mental Health Champion, Professor Siobhan O’Neill, has launched the “How Are You Feeling?” mental health campaign today in her local community pharmacy. The campaign will run throughout April and May and is part of the

    Increased targeted schools testing will help stop virus spreading

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Education Authority (EA) are highlighting the importance of asymptomatic testing in schools in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and reminding people that increased testing is likely to see a rise in detection of

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