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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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“POLHN has developed excellent self paced courses. Really like course content, presentation style, references. I look forward to taking other courses with POLHN. Keep up the good work. ”
Nurse - Ba Health Centre
“The quality of education and course material is designed in such way that is easy to absorb. The course content is very precise and to the point. Studying the course is really fun. Highly Recommended. ”
“POLHN has really broadened my knowledge and the good thing is it's absolutely free. I recommend all health professionals to join it for free and enhance professional skills through interactive courses ”
National Coordinator for NCDs
“POLHN is the best mode of study. I like POLHN's course content & presentation style. Really excellent stuff. ”
“I have been involved with IPC course online this year with the help of a POLHN TEAM with the help from this program, I feel I like I can do more on my own.I have more confidence and am not afraid. ”
Director of Funding & Planning - Ministry of Health
“I like the flexibility in terms of learning pace at POLHN, ability to apply what is learned during the course in my work area, able to work and study at the same time without having to leave my family ”
Junior Resident Doctor - Lautuka Divisional Hospital
“Studying with POHLN helps me greatly as it takes into consideration the working group of people while ensuring students continue to upgrade their education. ”
Registered Nurse - Samabula Health Centre
“Through POLHN sponsorship I have been able to gain complete and in-depth knowledge of Public Health and Health Service Management. ”
Staff Nurse - Ba Mission Hospital
“POLHN courses were really rewarding and convenient. I learned new clinical skills and gained confidence. As a matter of fact, I couldn't believe that it was free. ”
Staff Nurse - CWM Hospital
“I never realized the importance of hand washing until I did Infection Prevention Control from POLHN. It is a single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable disease. ”
TB liaison officer - Navua hospital
“Studying with POLHN is an excellent opportunity to further our career. ”
Sharfa Aadila Rahim
“POLHN course content is convenient to the people as they can read whenever they are free or from any device. ”
“I liked that I could study online from POLHN without leaving family and work. ”
HOD - Health Information System Unit
“I find POLHN very useful as it help me in furthering my study via the net. Prior to taking courses under sponsorship of POLHN I graduated with a Bachelor of Public Health in Fiji National University i ”
Dental therapist - Ministry of Health
“Thank you very much POLHN for your sponsorship to enable me to do further studies and help improve myself as a person and also as a Clinician as well.I look forward to your continued support. ”
ICT Support Officer - Lautoka Hospital
“If you like to learn, grow, lead, and make a difference to the entire health system then POLHN is the place to work. Hardwork is always recognized and appreciated by POLHN team. ”
Staff Nurse - Navua Hospital
“I have gained valuable knowledge of sodium's effect on the body and easily learned ways to promote salt reduction to my patients. ”
Staff Nurse - Labasa Hospital
“To be honest, self-paced courses not only serve me with continuing education credits towards my annual licensing but they have also given me in-depth clinical knowledge and ways of improving patient s ”
Mohammed Alvis Zibran
Medical Officer - Sigatoka Hospital
“While I was working as a Medical Officer, I used POLHN to keep myself updated with latest treatments and practices. ”
Staff Nurse - Levuka Hospital
“The course 'Infant and Young Child Feeding' greatly enhanced my knowledge and should be part of any health professionals' curriculum. ”
Dietitian - Lautoka Hospital
“I really enjoyed the course and it has given me a better understanding of how high salt intake contributes to several potentially fatal diseases. ”
Team Leader - Tamavua Rehab Centre
“A very useful and informative course which shows the awareness and necessity of infection control in the clinical environment. ”
Registered Nurse - Lautoka Hospital
“"POLHN eLearning platform has allowed me to improve both my skills and knowledge. I am able to apply what I have learned in the courses in real-life situations". ”