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



  • work well live well

    Health initiative to help people Work Well and Live Well

    - News
    A Public Health Agency (PHA) workplace health and wellbeing service, which has been supporting workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic, has been officially launched by the Health Minister Robin Swann. ‘Work Well Live Well’ initially began on 1
  • Cover of booklet on death and grieving in care homes

    Death and grieving in a care home during the COVID-19 pandemic: a guide to supporting staff, residents and their families

    - Publication
    This guide considers the additional pressures, fears and challenges for care home staff, residents and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides advice on how staff can support residents and their families through the changes in care
  • Cover of Grief and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic

    COVID-19 bereavement resources

    - Publication
    These booklets provide advice for people who have experienced a bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The first two booklets offer advice on dealing with grief and bereavement, and practical advice on dealing with those aspects of a death

Care Opinion