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Welcome to Pacific Open Learning Health Net

Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pacific Ministries of Health, Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) provides online learning opportunities for health workers in the Pacific. Our mission is to develop a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce using relevant, effective and quality e-learning.

We partner with academic institutions to provide online continuing professional development courses. We offer sponsorship for postgraduate programs, as well as access to recognised self-paced courses on health topics.

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Infection Prevention and Control


Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes in Hospitals


Childhood TB for Healthcare Workers


Best Practices for Food Establishment Inspectors


Cause of Death


Registered LMS
users from across the globe


Learning Centres
in 15 Pacific countries supported by
52 country focal points


of students ranked POLHN
courses very useful in enhancing
their health role & position

Success Stories

As POLHN grew, I grew with it

I work as an ICT Support Officer at Lautoka Hospital. In 2003, during POLHN’s infancy stage, I volunteered to take up the role of POLHN focal point to provide technical support to the POLHN Centre and assist students with queries.

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Latest News

Celebrating 15 Years of POLHN – Universal Health Care Photo Contest

Published on: 25 February, 2018

POLHN team is excited and likes to celebrate 15th anniversary with diverse health learning communities across the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs). For this celebration, a photo contest is being organized under “Breaking Barriers through Technology and Innovation to achieve improved 

University of Fiji Sponsorship

Published on: 14 January, 2018

  Download Application Form Subscribe our newsletter Applications for University of Fiji Sponsorship  are now open, from 13 January to 9 February. Important information: You will be studying part-time through distance flexible learning; You are required to maintain a B 

Request for proposals in 2018

Published on: 16 December, 2017

Overview The Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) has established a registered online platform to host health and health-related Online Courses (OCs). These are made available to health workers, clinicians, public health practitioners and other users at no fee via 

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Transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education

POLHN continuing professional development (CPD) courses focus on lessons learnt, best practices, and evidence-based practice. In this way, they are designed to boost knowledge, skills, attitudes and performance of health workers. Courses are designed to improve the overall health care 

The Importance of Choosing the Right CPD

Medical education is rapidly changing due to evolving medical science. In particular, societal expectations and the increased disease burden are affecting this. Contemporary healthcare therefore now demands that doctors and nurses continuously improve their competencies in order to achieve an 

Dealing with Zika

The new POLHN course, “The care and support of people affected by complications associated with the Zika virus”, will be available soon. Read below to find out more about Zika.  Since 2007, 19 countries and areas in the Western Pacific 

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