About POLHN - POLHN

About POLHN - POLHN

Our Background

In 2003, World Health Organization (WHO), Government of Japan and Pacific ministries of health established an e-learning platform, the Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN) to develop and deliver online learning and continuing professional development opportunities for geographically dispersed and remote health workers in the Pacific.

We partner with academic institutions and course providers to build institutional capacity and provide greater access to range of accredited and non-accredited learning activities both online and off-line for health workers across the Pacific.

Our Goal

  • Improve health professionals’ access to continuing professional development;
  • Provide continuing professional development (CPD) for health workers in the Pacific;
  • Build capacity among local and regional institutions.

Our partner countries and institutions have acknowledged our strong dedication to deliver excellence to Pacific health workers in terms of developing right training, for the right people, with the right skills to deliver the right work output, values and competencies leading towards improving the overall health delivery system in Pacific.

Our Courses
Our courses are created by health professional for health professionals. We sponsor several health workers each year in different specialized online accredited programmes fromFiji National University (FNU), Pacific Paramedical Training Centre (PPTC) and Penn Foster Dental School. Our course handbook provides substantial information on our sponsored, free-to-take and pay-to-print courses

In time this effort will increase the number of health managers with specialized and postgraduate qualifications across the Pacific. In 2015, the number of instructor-led course sponsorship doubled in northern Pacific countries. In six Pacific island countries, our self-paced course certificates are accepted as credits towards renewal of annual practice license.

Our Network
Today, our platform links around 20 000 health workers from 15 Pacific island countries and areas to thousands of free courses through its partners, 45 learning centres and team of dedicated focal points and we continue to offer a valuable service in contexts of limited local options, high travel costs to attend training overseas and consequent long absences from communities, coupled with recognition that lifelong learning of health workers is essential to respond to the changing work environments and increased expectations among consumers for quality care.

Our Partners in Education
Fiji National University
University of the South Pacific
National University of Samoa
Solomon National University
Pacific Paramedical Training Centre
Lippincott’s NursingCenter.com
Medscape.com
Global Health eLearning Center
Dental Care


© Pacific Open Learning health Net
Enquiries: (+679) 323 4100 | polhn.sp@wpro.who.int

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