About us

The PHA was established in 2009 under a major reform of health structures in Northern Ireland.

We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. We have four key functions:

  • health and social wellbeing improvement;
  • health protection;
  • public health support to commissioning and policy development;
  • HSC research and development.

We were set up to provide a renewed and enhanced focus on public health and wellbeing by bringing together a wide range of public health functions under one organisation.

We are also required to create better inter-sectoral working, including enhanced partnership arrangements with local government, to tackle the underlying causes of poor health and reduce health inequalities.

Our purpose, vision and values are as follows:

Our purpose
To protect and improve the health and social wellbeing of the people of Northern Ireland and to reduce health inequalities through strong partnerships with individuals, communities and key public, private and voluntary organisations.

Our vision
That all people in Northern Ireland can achieve their full health and wellbeing potential.

Our values

  • Improving the health and social wellbeing of the community we serve will be at the heart of everything we do.
  • In conducting our business, we will act with openness and honesty, treating all with dignity and respect.
  • We will work in partnership to improve the quality of life of those we serve.
  • We will value and develop our staff and strive for excellence in all we do.