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



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    Access to Health Services – Information for visitors to Northern Ireland

    - Publication
    The Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency have produced a new guide for visitors to Northern Ireland who wish to access health services. The nine-page document covers entitlement to services, emergency treatment, the role of
  • Protecting you and your baby: Blood tests at your first antenatal visit

    Protecting you and your baby: Blood tests at your first antenatal visit and translations

    - Publication
    This leaflet gives information on the blood tests that are normally offered and recommended at the first antenatal visit. These tests look for possible health problems that could affect the mother’s health and the health of the baby. Only one sample
  • Stop Smoking Service

    PHA raising awareness of Stop Smoking Services on World No Tobacco Day

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness about free Stop Smoking Services available in communities across Northern Ireland. The network of free services offer tailored advice and support to help you quit for
  • PHA Bussiness Plan for 2019 to 2020

    PHA Annual Business Plan 2019-2020

    - Publication
    This is the Public Health Agency’s Annual Business Plan for 2019/20 which sets out the actions for the coming year. Developed with inputs from across the organisation, it has now been approved by PHA board. Progress against the actions will be