Welcome to the University of Cape Coast, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation! With historic roots dating to the 1986, our academic programmes in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has established itself as a leader in providing quality professional education experiences in the areas of health, physical education and recreation. Our faculty is dedicated to providing students with an outstanding educational experience that is linked to the highest standards of professional service. When you come to the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, you will find a friendly atmosphere and scholarship of the highest quality.

The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is the pioneer department to offer a bachelor degree in physical education in Ghana.  Physical Education Bachelor Degree courses started in 1986. In 1994 a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programmes in Health Education and Physical Education was introduced. At present, the Department of HPER offers post graduate (MPhil and Ph.D.) programmes in physical education and health education with emphases in Exercise Science, Curriculum and Teaching, Sports Management, Sports and Exercise Psychology, Environmental and Occupational Health promotion, Community Health Promotion, and Maternal and Child Health Promotion. In addition, the department offers Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Physical Education and Master of Arts (MA) in Health Education degree programmes on sandwich basis for the working professionals. The Department for the past five years has enrolled about 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate majors in health and physical education.

The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation continues to offer excellent and customer sensitive academic programmes and services. The department continues to offer an undergraduate programme in core Physical Education and electives in Coaching and Health Education. Our master’s programmes in Physical Education and Health Education continue to attract professionals in tertiary institutions, Ghana Education Service and Ghana Health Service, especially from the training institutions. Our new PhD programmes in Physical Education and Health Promotion have been approved and the first batch of students enrolled in the 2014/2015 academic year. These PhD programmes are the first of their kind in Ghana and it is expected that they will serve a crucial national need.

Vision

To have a department that is well positioned for global recognition.

Mission

To realise this vision, the department offers market driven programmes and services that respond to critical needs of society in the areas of health, physical activity, recreation and sports. The department offers academic programmes, research activities and outreach services that produce well grounded (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) graduates at all levels of expertise with inclusion and equal opportunity.

STRATEGIC PLAN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION: 2013-2017

In order to assess the state of the department, we held a stakeholders’ forum to review the work of the department. Participants were drawn from staff, students, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service, Colleges of Education and Senior High Schools. This was followed by a 4-day retreat for lecturers to consider suggestions raised at the forum and develop a strategic plan for the department. The plan is presented below.
 
 Strategic Focus Areas
Within the strategic framework of the University of Cape Coast, HPER has adopted the under listed areas to guide its activities over the strategic plan implementation period of 2013-2017.
 
1. Create an environment that promotes effective work and learning culture leading to desired personal development
2. Run demand driven and socially responsive programmes
3. Ensure availability of user friendly teaching and learning resources
4. Embark on income generation through outreach services, sandwich programmes and short courses5. 5. Increase enrollment into undergraduate programmes
6. Improve academic staffing through training and recruitment
7. Increase the visibility of the department
8. Increase collaborative activities of the department
9. Make the department more inclusive
10. Improve research output of the department 

IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE
 
1. Create an environment that promotes effective work and learning culture leading to desired personal development

    a. Create an enhanced physical environment for teaching, learning, and research by building a wellness centre and swimming pools
    b. Enhance teaching and learning through provision of state of the art teaching/learning resources
    c. Procure a vehicle to facilitate fieldwork and outreach activities
    d. Provide orientation for new students and staff, and enhance student advising, staff mentorship, consultative meetings, fun/recreation activities
    e. Institute an annual departmental get-together
 
2. Run demand driven and socially responsive programmes 
    a. Review undergraduate programme
    b. Introduce a non-teaching health promotion programme
    c. Review master’s programmes
    d. Introduce PhD programmes
    d. Collaborate with sports associations to introduce certificate, diploma and short courses on sandwich basis
    f. Appoint a coordinator for graduate programmes 

3. Ensure availability of user friendly teaching and learning resources 
    a. Conduct an audit of requisite teaching and learning materials
    b. Procure teaching and learning materials
    c. Assist staff and students to acquire personal computers
    d. Form writing teams to write textbooks 

4. Embark on income generation through outreach services, sandwich programmes and short courses 
    a. Embark on recruitment drive for sandwich programmes
    b. Offer fee-paying services in massage, aerobics, weight management, etc.
    c. Appoint a coordinator of income generating activities 
 
5. Increase enrolment into undergraduate programmes 
    a. Advertise on the internet and media
    b. Produce and distribute brochures
    c. Do sensitisation at second cycle schools and sports events 

6. Improve academic staffing through training and recruitment 
    a. Recruit assistant lecturers and have them enrol in local PhD programmes
    b. Place adverts on the internet and the media to recruit lecturers
    c. Invite qualified persons as visiting lecturers
    d. Assist lecturers to seek funding to study abroad (including short courses)
    e. Develop split-site PhD programmes 

7. Increase the visibility of the department 
    a. Appoint and train one staff to manage HPER website
    b. Update information at HPER website
    c. Lecturers update their personal blogs
    d. Market the department through conferences, exhibitions, etc.
    e. Contribute to community and national discourses on relevant areas of expertise
    f. Establish an educative talk show on local/national radio/TV
    g. Attend national and international conferences 

8. Increase collaborative activities of the department 
    a. Identify and establish collaborative activities with other departments such as VOTEC, School of Medical Sciences, Institute of Education, Centre for Continuing Education, African Studies, etc.
    b. Establish links with other Ghanaian universities and units for collaborative activities – University of Education, Colleges of Education, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, National Sports Authority, etc.
    c. Establish links with other universities in Africa and other regions for collaborative activities
    d. Appoint one person to be in charge of outreach and collaboration 

9. Make the department more inclusive 
    a. Increase gender parity in both student enrollment and staff composition
    b. Introduce courses in adapted Physical Education 

10. Improve research output of the department 
     a. Appoint Coordinator for research activities
     b. Form research teams
     c. Establish annual forum for dissemination of research output for both staff and students
     d. Strengthen departmental journal (go online)
     e. Establish publications gallery 

FUTURE PLANS
The implementation of the strategic plan will continue. Areas that are lagging behind will be vigorously tackled. It is expected that this plan will continue to give direction to the department since it provides performance indicators that can be reviewed to determine how far the department doing in its core functions.
 
 

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