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An initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO); our courses are recognised by ministries of health and approved by licensure boards as CPD in most Pacific island countries.

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Empowerment in CBR: Towards Community-Based Inclusive Development

Ongoing 1 - 2 hours

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.

Investigation and Response to Food Safety Incidents and Emergencies

Ongoing 4 - 5 hours

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.

Programmatic Approaches for AYSRH

Ongoing 3-4 hours

This course on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health focuses on global programmes facilitating the transition of young people into adulthood and improving their reproductive health.

Family Planning and HIV Service Integration

Ongoing 3-4 hours

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.

Infection Prevention and Control

Ongoing 2-3 hours

This course offers training to health care professionals regarding basic concepts of infection prevention and control and gives an overview of nosocomial infections and precautions to avoid their spread.

Infection Prevention and Control (Advanced)

Ongoing 2 - 3 hours

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.

Obesity and Overweight

Ongoing 3-4 hours

This course helps in enhancing understanding of overweight and obesity, covering statistical insights, causative factors, broad-term health implications, preventive strategies and management of lifestyle problems.

Immunisation Essentials

Ongoing 3-4 hours

Aimed at the health workers associated with immunisation programmes, this provides technical and managerial information for the planning, monitoring and evaluation of immunisation programmes on a large scale.

Nutrition - An Introduction

Ongoing 3-4 hours

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.

Diarrheal Disease

Ongoing 2-3 hours

This course focuses on prevalence of diarrheal disease. It covers conducting clinical assessments, treatment, disease prevention and diarrheal disease in the Pacific Islands.


Ongoing 2-3 hours

This course explains epidemiology and principles of pneumonia case management in children. It helps health workers to understand how simple interventions can aid in reducing the prevalence of this disease.

Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Ongoing 2-3 hours

This course presents an overview of the interventions involved in the programming for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by providing guidance on the management problems related to the topic.

Healthy Islands

Ongoing 3-4 hours

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.

Case Management of Childhood Illness

Ongoing 3-4 hours

This course equips health managers with knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in case management of childhood illnesses and the development of quality programmes to ensure global coverage.

Improving Health Care Quality

Ongoing 3-4 hours

This course aims to introduce health care workers to principles and approaches that can help them continually improve the work they do. It provides an overview of various approaches to improving health care.

Introduction to Impact Evaluation of Health Communication Programs

Ongoing 2-3 hours

In this course, students learn to develop a theory of change to help guide the design of impact analysis; describe the types of research designs; and identify threats to the validity of causal inferences.

Training for Primary Care Providers - Brief Tobacco Interventions

Ongoing 2 - 3 hours

This course provides a basic introduction to tobacco interventions. It particularly assists healthcare providers to improve their skills and confidence in assisting tobacco users to quit.

Alcohol Reduction

Ongoing 2 - 3 hours

This course explains how alcohol adversely affects both the individual and society. Participants also learn about effective health interventions and policy options for preventing the harmful use of alcohol.


Why choose POLHN?

Free of charge

POLHN courses are self-paced, meaning you can stop and start at any point. Your progress will always be saved, so you can pause and learn whenever suits you best!

Learn from the best

Our courses are designed in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other top institutions. You can be sure that you’re getting the best quality available.

Earn CPD points

Upon successful completion of a course, students receive an official and recognised certificate, free of charge. These can be accessed online at anytime.

Features of POLHN Courses

Interactive learning
Our courses are made up of quizzes, videos, slides, bonus readings and more. Never stop learning!
Quality support
POLHN representatives are available online and in-person in Pacific countries to always be of assistance.
Verified certificates
POLHN courses are all free of charge, and completion certificates can be accessed at any time for free.