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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…

Institute of Public Health welcomes report by Commission on Alcohol Harm

The Institute of Public Health welcomes a new report published by the independent Commission on Alcohol Harm.  The commission found that a new UK-wide alcohol strategy is needed to to address alcohol related harms in Northern Ireland and across the UK, and that a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol should be introduced.  The Commission…

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…

New survey for health professionals focused on physical activity in older adults – survey closes 21 October 2020

A NEW survey has been launched by the Institute of Public Health to develop a greater understanding of the knowledge, practice and decision making among health professionals in relation to physical activity promotion with older adults on the island of Ireland.  Click here to take the survey. We know that being physically active is one of the most important first steps that people of all ages can…

Institute of Public Health welcomes commitment to a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland.

The Institute of Public Health welcomes the announcement by Health Minister Robin Swann of a commitment to hold a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland.  Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol is an important public health policy measure which seeks to reduce alcohol-related harm at both an individual and societal level as well as making an important contribution in helping to tackle…

Blog: Menthol moves on – a milestone to reducing tobacco consumption

In this blog, Olivia O’Brien, discusses a new law banning the sale of menthol tobacco products across Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Olivia is completing an internship with the Institute as part of her Masters in Public Policy at UCD. With a lot of focus on the response to Covid-19, the ban on the sale of…

Blog: Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: covering up for cancer prevention

In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, Public Health Development Officer with the Institute of Public Health, discusses some of the findings from a new report on children’s sun safety behaviours in Ireland. Skin Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in Ireland, making it a major public health concern. Nationally, over 11,000 non-melanoma cancers and 1,100 invasive…

New report presents first data on sunburn, sun protection behaviours and sunbed use in under-18’s

A NEW report published by the Institute of Public Health and NUI Galway’s Health Promotion Research Centre presents data on sunburn, sun smart behaviours and sunbed use by children for the first time. The report, Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, presents data on risk factors in…

Alcohol Data Directory

The Alcohol Data Directory – – features data on alcohol consumption, related harms, and retail of alcohol.  The resources in the directory are open access and originate from government-led departments and research. This resource was developed as part of a programme of all-island cooperation on alcohol policy driven by the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group…

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.

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

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