Pacific Open Learning Health Net
Developed by WHO and Pacific Ministries of Health, POLHN provides free online learning opportunities to health workers in the Pacific. We strive to make continuing professional development freely accessible to all health workers using relevant, effective and quality e-learning.
Accredited and recognised
POLHN courses are developed with academic institutions and technical experts. These are officially recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health as meeting CPD requirements
All courses are free
Our courses are free-to-take for anybody; all it takes is a few clicks to sign up. For postgraduate programmes from other institutions, POLHN offers sponsorship so that students can take courses online without incurring any financial burden.
Courses to suit you
POLHN’s free online health courses with certificates of completion are available on a range of topics. From HIV/AIDS to best practices for food inspectors, there is something to suit every type of health professional.
This course explains the benefits of integrating family planning into HIV services and describes how HIV care providers can help their clients make informed reproductive health decisions.
This course focuses on the resource booklet on healthy islands, and is intended to be a resource in the Pacific Islands to implement low-cost, sustainable and effective health promotion programmes and projects.
This course explains implementation of infection prevention and control measures in health care settings, management of high-risk settings, surveillance, outbreak investigations, supervision and monitoring.
This free online course for nurses and health workers explains good nutrition, malnutrition and its causes, vulnerable populations and tools and strategies for the measurement of these.
The purpose of this course is to help participants find a personal answer to the question, “What does empowerment mean to CBR?” We all experience empowerment differently, but it’s values are universal.
This course provides an introduction to the Cardiovascular Therapeutic Guidelines, risk factors and their assessment. It has a strong focus on accurate diagnosis, management of CVD diseases as well as cardiovascular therapeutic guidelines.
This course presents the Diabetes Management Guidelines in a an informative and user-friendly manner as well as to break down information for easy comprehension of the underlying concepts.
This course will provide the fundamentals of investigation and response to food safety emergencies and aims to provide skills to enable participants to contribute to local foodborne disease outbreaks.
This online course is related to management of mental health issues. It explains the essentials of the Mental Health Gap Action Programme, which aims to scale up care for mental, neurological and substance-abuse problems.
This course provides online education for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. It explains cultural and community standards as well as the science involved in the spread, prevention and the treatment of these two diseases.
This online course provides information on a range of tuberculosis-related topics, including case detection and management, infection control, contact screening and monitoring and evaluation of prevention.
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“The best thing about studying on POLHN is the simplicity of the e-learning platform which is the most important feature for me. Studying here is both simple and cost-effective. As much as I’ve studi ”
“POLHN is the most reliable online site for health-related courses ”
Team Leader at Colonial War Memorial Hospital
“I like the fact that it’s self-paced therefore it is easy to enrol in the available courses at any time of the day. Plus the courses available on the POLHN platform are relevant to my current practi ”
Dr Alofa Funaki
Doctor at Nausori Health Center
“ I am happy to say that POLHN’s self-paced courses gave me the knowledge I needed to perform tasks at my workplace more efficiently and effectively. ”
Mental Health Nurse at Lautoka Hospital
“ For me, POLHN has been very detailed and informative, which helped me gain valuable knowledge and skills in all aspects of nursing. ”
Registered Nurse at Lautoka Hospital
“The reason I take POLHN courses is that POLHN has enabled me to apply the theory which I have learned in my clinical practice role. POLHN course contents are educational and very informative ”
Registered Nurse at Tamavua Twomey Hospital
“POLHN is a flexible way of learning as it takes into consideration the working people. We can study when we have time, the IT support staffs are very accommodating, and the knowledge gained through PO ”
Dental Hygienist at Gizo Hospital
“Firstly, the best part about POLHN is its credibility: knowing that this is a program of the World Health Organization (WHO) makes me feel proud and honored. ”
Senior sister at Labasa Hospital
“I am the POLHN focal point for North Fiji, based at Labasa Hospital. Most of my work happens at the Learning Centre there. I help interested students sign up on the website, ”