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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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Healthy Islands


Betel Nut (Basic)


Salt Reduction


Tuberculosis Essentials Training Course


Infant and Young Child Feeding


Mental Health Gap Action Programme


Registered 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

Interview with Learning Support Assistant Elyssa

“POLHN courses helped me develop my intellectual abilities” – Elyssa Sang Bacsain   Tell us something about your work and yourself. My name is Elyssa Sang Bacsain, I am currently working as a private Learning Support Assistant (LSA) and Para 

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Latest News

POLHN partners with James Cook University to Revise Nursing Standards

Published on: 22 September, 2018

POLHN is proud to announce a new partnership with James Cook University, Australia (JCU). The WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building at JCU Cairns will be teaming up with POLHN to review and draft 

Student Satisfaction with POLHN Remains High

Published on: 20 September, 2018

Four out of five registered nurses at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) were satisfied with the courses provided by Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN), according to the latest survey conducted by University of Strathclyde Master of Science student, 

International Scholarships – New Section Added

Published on: 29 August, 2018

POLHN has recently added a new section on our website which aims to guide on different international scholarships. This  has information on current scholarships available worldwide. It particularly focuses on scholarships in health-related areas for Pacific Island Countries, however there are 

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POLHN’s New Digital Certificate Verification Platform

Over the last decade, the accessibility to cheap and reliable internet has bridged data transmission gaps. Since everyone is equally able to acquire the same information through the internet, it has become necessary for companies, organisations, institutions and universities to 

Upskilling health workers for the future

Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) is continuously adapting to prepare the Pacific health professionals by upskilling health workers for the future. It works against the rapid and drastic changes in the fields of non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, and climate 

Making free continuing education more accessible

Educational institutions are now making more and more health courses available for free online. By providing free online nursing courses with certificates of completion, remote health workers benefit, and institutions fulfil their corporate social responsibility. Free continuing education is the 

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