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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…

Webinar: Launch of children’s exposure to ultraviolet light – a risk profile for future skin cancer risk in Ireland

NOTE: The webinar has already taken place. Click here to watch the recording and access the report. Wednesday,17 June 2020 11am – 1.10pm (GMT) The report , Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, presents data on risk factors in Ireland for developing skin cancer in adult life and is…

Launch of survey on loneliness and isolation – get involved

A NEW survey has been launched by the International Loneliness and Social Isolation Research Network (I-LINK) to find out how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Institute of Public Health is one of several organisations supporting the survey. Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, St James’s Hospital along with researchers from US,…

Blog: Covid-19, growing old and healthy

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on growing old and growing healthy. Dr Conor Cunningham from the Institute of Public Health provides some practical tips on how we can stay active during this time. Increase in life expectancy represents one of the greatest public health successes of the 20th Century. While…

Blog: Equal health for all

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on equal health for all. Aideen Sheehan from the Institute of Public Health offers some insights on ageing, equity and health in Ireland and Northern Ireland. We all want to live the longest, healthiest life that we can – to enjoy our independence as long…

Public Health

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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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