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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

Message from the Global Network Secretariat

Published on: 13 March, 2018

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings. This important event brings together representatives from 44 WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery across the six WHO global regions, including a range of health professionals and students from around the world.

Global Launch of Nursing Now

Published on: 27 February, 2018

Nurses and midwives make up half of the world’s health workforce, and are essential part of achieving universal health coverage. So, on 28 February a new campaign called Nursing Now, is being launched, aiming to improve the profile and status 

Celebrating 15 Years of POLHN – Universal Health Care Photo Contest

Published on: 25 February, 2018

POLHN team is excited and likes to celebrate its 15th anniversary with the diverse health learning communities across the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs). To boost the celebration, POLHN is giving away $100 every month to the winners of its Facebook 

Latest from the blog

Continuing Nursing Education: Breaking the Barriers

The nursing pledge to maintain and elevate professional standards is reflected through the commitment of health workers towards lifetime learning. This dedication to continuing professional development guarantees advanced and contemporary patient care. However, access to affordable continuing nursing education remains 

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 

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