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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

Featured Personality: POLHN focal point for Palau – Sunshine Garcia

Sunshine Garcia is a medical librarian at Belau National Hospital in Palau. Currently, she is working with POLHN as its focal point for Palau, a position she has held for eight years. She caught up with the POLHN team to share some of her experiences.

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Latest News

University of Fiji Sponsorship

Published on: July 12, 2017

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 average in all sponsored units; and The 

Request for proposals in 2018

Published on: July 12, 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 

Featured Personality: POLHN country coordinator for Kiribati – Terere Takai

Published on: July 12, 2017

  “A bit of motivation and effort are all you need to gain a lifelong learning experience to bridge the knowledge and skill gaps!” – Terere Takai   Terere Takai is the focal point and country coordinator for Kiribati. She 

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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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