The Public Health Agency of Sweden is a government agency accountable to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and has a national responsibility for public health issues.
The agency was established on January 1, 2014 and is a merger of the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and the Swedish Institute for Communicable Diseases. Most of work concerning environmental health at the National Board of Health and Welfare was also transferred to the new agency.
The aim of the agency is to develop a national knowledge support thereby promoting public health practice in society and making it more effective. The main tasks are to identify and highlight public health issues where effective interventions can be made and to secure preconditions for health on equal terms by monitoring the development of public health and analyzing the effect of important determinants. The agency will also monitor the development of public health interventions, promote health and prevent diseases and support communicable disease control.