Department of Physical and Health Education

About Physical and Health Education

Historical BackgroundThe Department of Physical and Health Education was established in 1981 with a take-off staff of three (03) and take-off students of two (02). The first set of five (05) students graduated in 1983, the second set of two (02) students graduated in 1984 while the third set of students of thirteen (13) graduated in 1985. The first year of establishment of the department started with two (02) programmes including a 4 year degree programme and 2/3 year degree programme. The Department is presently running Ph.D programme in all the existing Masters Programmes.

The philosophy of the programme is to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in Public Health Education, Emotional and Mental Health Education, School Health Education, Sports Management, Sports Psychology and Exercise Physiology which broadens the intellectual exposure of students in their discipline, develop their capacity to undertake rigorous and quality research in the core areas of the discipline and apply theoretical understanding and research results to practical physical education and health education situations and problems. In realization of the National Policy of Education otherwise known as the 6-3-3-4 system, the Department of Physical and Health education offers courses in the theory and practice of Physical and Health Education. The academic work provides an understanding of how meaningful physical activities can help to cope with physical, social, economic and psychological environments. Physical and Health Education has recently been approved by the West African Examination Council as an examination subject. Therefore, the Department deems it auspicious to offer comprehensive courses to meet the future demands of the examinations in Physical and Health Education.

To be globally recognized in the following programmes for the development of manpower in their respective areas of discipline: Masters of Education (M.Ed) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programmes in Public Health Education, Emotional and Mental Health Education, School Health Education, Sports Management, Sports Psychology, and Exercise Physiology.

To provide manpower for public health education, emotional and mental health education, school health education, sports management, sports psychology as well as in exercise physiology.

The programmes in the Department include: Library and Information Science/BLIS, MLS and Ph.D.


The Department of Library and Information Science commenced offering the professional degree programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Library Science (BLS) in 1978. In 2009, the Department was re-named Library and Information Science and the degree changed to Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS).

Having enhanced its trained manpower capability with the Master of Library and Information Science for more than ten years, the Department was faced with pressing demand for doctoral programme (Ph.D. by Research). The Department is working assiduously to come up with curriculum for Ph.D. (by course work) vis-à-vis the Benchmark for Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The Department is sufficiently equipped with modern technologies such as computers, micrographics and audio-visual media and a sufficient number of staff with doctorate degrees to run the programmes.

Staff Staff Details Interest/Specialization

This has been increasing steadily over the years since 2003/2004 to 2016/2017.