Head of Department 
I warmly welcome you to the webpage of a flagship of Physiotherapy training in Africa, the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. The Nigeria premier university is the home of the oldest university-based physiotherapy training programme in the West African sub-region. We commenced Physiotherapy undergraduate training in 1966, and the postgraduate training followed in 1998. Our postgraduate programme is a blend of teaching, clinical and research models of postgraduate training particularly at the M. Sc. and M. Phil. Levels of training. The Ph.D degree is a research-based degree in the following areas of specialization:
  1. Neurological Physiotherapy
  2. Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy
  3. Orthopaedic Physiotherapy
  4. Sports and recreational physiotherapy

The rich history and achievements of this Department include being the training school pioneered by the first African to obtain a degree in physiotherapy (Dr. T. Abayomi Oshin). The Department also parades the first female professor of physiotherapy in Africa (Professor Arinola O. Sanya), the first and to-date the only professor of neurophysiotherapy in West Africa (Professor Talhatu K. Hamzat), the first African faculty in the McKenzie Institute (Dr. O. Ayanniyi), among several others experienced faculties and clinical trainers of highest pedigree. More than 900 physiotherapists have obtained Bachelor’s and postgraduate qualifications in various sub-specialties from this Department and are performing excellently well in their various clinics and practice centres. More than 40% of physiotherapy lecturers in Nigeria universities were trained in this Department. In addition, four physiotherapy training programmes in West Africa are headed by alumni of this Department.

Our rich array of alumni include Professor Chukuka Enwenmeka (Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University): Professor Joseph A. Balogun (former Dean College of Health Sciences, Chicago State University, Illinois); Professor Akiniran Oladehin (Chairman, Department of Physical Therapy, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri): Professor Seyi Ladele Amosun (Director, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape-Town, South Africa), Dr. Godwin Eni (The first graduate of B.Sc Physiotherapy degree program in 1969), Dr. Kamaldeen Oluseye (King Saudi University), Dr. Francis Fatoye (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK); Professor M.O.B. Olaogun (Obafemi Awolowo university, Ile-Ife); Professor Issac Owoeye (University of Lagos); among others. 

 Once again, I enjoin you to spare time in touring this site to get a good glimpse of this Department where anyone seeking basic physiotherapy training or needing to update knowledge as a trained physiotherapist can become a better and more robust clinician, an analytical clinical scientist cum researcher and an evidence-based practitioner in the field of physiotherapy.

Professor T. K. Hamzat PhD, NRPT, MNSP

Head of Department & Consultant Clinical Neurophysiotherapist

Physical address
Department of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Building
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria
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