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Health Protection Surveillance Centre


Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

Subject Keywords: Communicable diseases
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Rare Disease
Rare Diseases
Chronic Conditions
Type: Website
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is Ireland's specialist agency for the surveillance of communicable diseases. HPSC is part of the Health Service Executive and works in partnership with health service providers and sister organisations in Ireland and around the world, to provide the best possible information for the control and prevention of infectious diseases. HPSC strives to protect and improve the health of the Irish population by providing timely information and independent advice, and by carrying out disease surveillance, epidemiological investigation and related research and training.

HPSC’s mission is to improve the health of the Irish population by providing the best, and most timely, information on disease including infectious diseases. This is achieved through disease surveillance, providing independent advice, and conducting epidemiological investigation and related research and training.

Disease surveillance is an information-based activity involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of large amounts of data from a variety of sources.

The information collated is then used in a number of ways to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of control and preventative health measures
  • Monitor changes in infectious agents, for example, trends in development of antimicrobial resistance
  • Support health planning and the allocation of appropriate resources within the healthcare system
  • Identify high risk populations or target areas for intervention
  • Provide a valuable archive of disease activity for future reference



Rights: © Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)
Suggested citation:

Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). (2012) Health Protection Surveillance Centre [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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