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Public Health

“The art and science of promoting health and preventing disease 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.

About us

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.

Latest publications

Recently published resources are provided below, if you require information on any other IPH publications please contact our Information Resource Officer.

Contact details

6th Floor, City Exchange
Gloucester Street
Telephone: +44 28 9064 8494

Fax: +44 28 9064 6604


700 South Circular Road
Dublin 8
D08 NH90
Telephone: +353 1 478 6300
Fax: + 353 1 478 6319

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