The agency was established on January 1, 2014 and is a merger of the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Folkhälsoinstitutet) and the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet). Most of the work concerning environmental health and the responsibility for environment and public health reports at the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) was also transferred to the new agency.

By coordinating these activities, the new authority will be able to operate across the public health spectrum and integrate communicable disease control with other public health work. The aim is to develop a national knowledge support thereby promoting public health practice in society and making it more effective. The merger provides better opportunities to work effectively within the European Union and on other international venues.

Tasks

The Public Health Agency of Sweden will work to identify and highlight public health issues where effective interventions can be made.

The agency will work to secure preconditions for health on equal terms by monitoring the development of

  • public health and analyzing the effect of important determinants,
  • evaluating the effect of public health interventions,
  • promoting health,
  • preventing diseases,
  • supporting communicable disease control with epidemiological and microbiological analyses.

Facts

  • The Public Health Agency of Sweden is a government agency accountable to the Government (Ministry of Health and Social Affairs).
  • Locations for operations and activities are both in Solna (Stockholm) and in Östersund.
  • The English website is under construction and will be launched in 2015.