Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Oluyomi B. ESAN
Ag. Departmental Head


The Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan started in the mid 50’s when an associate lecturer was appointed within the Department of Medicine to provide outpatient services.  By 1963, the 1st chair of Psychiatry was created and in patient services was included with 9 beds in the South West block of the University College Hospital.
Soon after creation of the chair of Psychiatry, a unit was formed consisting of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, but this unit was later dissolved and Neurology moved to Medicine while Neurosurgery moved to Surgery. However, the three units still function together under neurosciences group and a development on this is that an institute of Neurosciences was recently, approved for the University College Hospital.

At present, the in-patient facilities are in the Neurosciences block where a total of 64 beds in two wards are operated as a male and female ward, there are also outpatient clinics run in the Medical outpatient department and a 24-hour emergency service.  The department of Psychiatry is also a teaching, research and clinical department of the University of Ibadan.


The Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan provides Psychiatric training to undergraduate medical student as well as allied medical professions.  The training programme is geared towards the acquisition of theoretical and clinical knowledge for practice, teaching and research in Psychiatry.


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