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



  • PRIN

    Help find treatments for COVID-19

    - News
    It is now clear that COVID-19 has a greater effect in older people, and those with underlying health conditions, but there are no treatments specifically available for use outside hospital settings that work against COVID-19. Right now a UK-wide
  • Antenatal screening report cover

    Northern Ireland Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme Annual Report 2017/18

    - Publication
    This report provides an overview of performance of the antenatal screening programme in Northern Ireland in relation to UK national standards 2016.
  • Naloxone saves lives

    Take Home Naloxone reverses more than 160 overdoses

    - News
    New figures from the Public Health Agency (PHA) show that the Take Home Naloxone programme saw naloxone administered 180 times in 2019-20 and was successful in reversing an opiate overdose in over 91% of cases. Naloxone, supplied in a small syringe

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