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Technical resource: Aide to interpretation of alcohol deaths

The Institute has published a new technical resource – Alcohol deaths in Ireland and Northern Ireland: an aide to interpretation – to inform policy on this issue. The technical resource aims to support individuals and organisations who are interpreting data on alcohol-related deaths on the island. Following a UK wide consultation in 2017, ‘alcohol-specific deaths’…

The Lancet article: Will the pandemic reframe loneliness and social isolation?

The Institute of Public Health, in partnership with Ulster University and Trinity College, have published an article in The Lancet Healthy Longevity focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and reframing loneliness and social isolation. The article – which can be viewed here –supports policy and research work in this important area for population health. The authors…

Consultation response: Reducing harm related to gambling in Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling. The All Party Group (APG) on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling has been established to address issues associated with gambling harm in the community. Gambling is a significant public health and social issue. Read the…

Mid-Term Review of Northern Ireland’s Tobacco Strategy

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland undertook a mid-term review of its Ten-Year Tobacco Control Strategy (2012-2022), with a view to making recommendations for its remaining term. The goals of the strategy are: Fewer people starting to smoke More smokers quitting Protecting people from tobacco smoke To inform the Department’s mid-term review, the Institute…

Playback: Joint Public Health Conference 2020

If you missed the all-island Joint Public Health Conference 2020, you can now playback all the sessions and listen to the keynote speakers. The conference, which took place virtually on November 17th, 2020, focused on Picking Up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19. It brought together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has…

Factsheet: COVID-19 and Physical Activity

The Institute of Public Health has launched a new factsheet series providing evidence relating to COVID-19 and key public health topics.  This factsheet provides a summary of evidence relating to COVID-19 and physical activity.  Click here to view it.  Each factsheet is a ‘snapshot’ based on a review of available evidence at the time of…

Joint Public Health Annual Conference

Registration is now open to attend the virtual all-island Joint Public Health Conference on November 17th.  The theme for the online conference is Picking up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19.  It will bring together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our lives, with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted…

Webinar: Physical Activity and the Pandemic

Keeping active and well as we grow older is a key challenge for public health. This event will focus on the value of sustaining physical activity as we get older and how to support populations to do so.  Speakers from Ireland, the UK, and Australia will share evidence, policy and best practice. The webinar will…

Factsheet: COVID-19 & Tobacco

The Institute of Public Health has launched a new factsheet series providing evidence relating to COVID-19 and key public health topics.  The first factsheet provides a summary of evidence relating to COVID-19 and tobacco. Click here to view it.  Each factsheet is a ‘snapshot’ based on a review of available evidence at the time of…

Public Health

“The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society”
Acheson WHO, 1988.

A healthy population is an asset to society. Public health aims to optimise the health of the whole population.

Everyone has an important role in looking after their own health.  However, many of the factors that influence our health outcomes are outside the control of the individual, such as environmental, economic and social factors.

Health equity, giving everyone a chance to reach their potential to live a healthier life, is a core aim of public health and the primary focus of the Institute of Public Health.

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Informing public policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern Ireland is our core purpose.

We do this by:

  • research and evidence review;
  • policy analysis and evaluation;
  • partnership working;
  • specialist training and public communications.

We focus on promoting health and wellbeing, improving health equity, and reducing health inequalities throughout the life course.

The Institute has researchers and policy specialists from a range of disciplines based in offices in Dublin and Belfast and is jointly funded by the Departments of Health in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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