About us

What we do

We protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.


We are responsible for:

  • making the public healthier by encouraging discussions, advising government and supporting action by local government, the NHS and other people and organisations
  • supporting the public so they can protect and improve their own health
  • protecting the nation’s health through the national health protection service, and preparing for public health emergencies
  • sharing our information and expertise with local authorities, industry and the NHS, to help them make improvements in the public’s health
  • researching, collecting and analysing data to improve our understanding of health and come up with answers to public health problems
  • reporting on improvements in the public’s health so everyone can understand the challenge and the next steps
  • helping local authorities and the NHS to develop the public health system and its specialist workforce


Our priorities for the next 5 years are set out in From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health.

Our priorities for 2014 to 2015 are:

  • to protect the public’s health from infectious diseases and other hazards to health
  • to improve the public’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities
  • to improve population health through sustainable health and care services
  • to build the capability and capacity of the public health system
  • to develop our own capacity and capability to provide professional, scientific and delivery expertise to our partners

For more information see our business plan.

Who we are

We employ 5,000 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals. We have 15 local centres and 4 regions (north of England, south of England, Midlands and east of England, and London). We work closely with public health professionals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and internationally.

Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service.

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information. Read our policy on Social media use.

Corporate reports