Welcome to Department of Population & Health
Welcome to Department of Population & Health

You are warmly welcome to the webpage of the Department of Population and Health which is one of the Departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences within the College of Humanities and Legal Studies. The Department was created in 2008 out of the former Population and Family Life Education programme of the then Department of Geography and Tourism. The main focus of the Department is teaching, research and outreach on Population science and social dimensions of health. At the moment, the Department offers three programmes namely, B.A., M.Phil and PhD in Population and Health. The programmes and courses in the Department attract many students every year, particularly postgraduate and PhD students.  The Department is also responsible for the teaching of HIV and AIDs in the University. The research interests of lecturers in the Department range from social dimension of HIV and AIDS through sexual and reproductive health to gender and development. Lecturers in the Department have published extensively in their areas of research. Based on the diverse research experiences of the lecturers, the Department has over the years won some collaborative research projects with both local and international research institutions.  Some of these projects include a ten-year research partnership on population and the environment with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and the University of Ghana (1997-2007); a ten year research project on the social dimensions of HIV and AIDS involving the Australian National University, University of Ghana, Makerere University and University of Ibadan/Ado Ekiti; a five-year (1991-2000) project with Guttmacher Institute, New York, on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (2002-2008); five-year project with Brown University on environment and development along the coast of Central region (Ghana); and strategies to improve the implementation of population programmes in Africa (1990-2000). As part of its outreach programme and also to expose students to some fieldwork and community entry procedures, the Department has adopted Yamoransa, a community in the Mfantseman Municipality near Cape Coast, as its social research laboratory. Some members of the Department are also involved in various consultancies with the National Population Council, Ghana Statistical Service, Ministry of Health and some local and international Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs). As you scout through our webpage, it is our fervent hope that you will avail yourself of the opportunities and resources available in the Department.

The Department of Population and Health was created in the 2007/2008 academic year out of the former Population and Family Life Education programme of the Department of Geography and Tourism Started in 1996 with support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Ghana Education Service (GES), to train personnel in issues of population and development, the programme (Population and Family Life Education) was reviewed in 2006 as part of the restructuring of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The review led to the emergence of a new department devoted to population science and the social dimensions of health in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department offers courses and undertakes research on aspects of population and health such as the social dimensions of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, traffic-related morbidity and mortality, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, migration, refugee studies and poverty. The Department is involved in outreach programmes in population-related areas in national development. 

Vision

To have a Department that is highly regarded for its academic excellence in Population and Social Dimensions of Health.

 

Mission

Contribute towards the achievement of the mission of the University of Cape Coast of being ‘the University of Choice in Ghana’ by producing high calibre educators, facilitators and researchers in the areas of Population Science and Social Dimensions of Health.

You can find the strategic plan of the department here 

As an institution of higher learning, University of Cape Coast is embedded in a set of core values and principles subscribed to and upheld by the faculty, students, staff and the administration and which provide general guidelines towards the realization of the vision of University of Choice.  These core values are:

Academic excellence: UCC has created an exciting and enviable niche in higher education in Ghana through innovative academic and high standards in intellectual enquiry.  These inform and permeate all aspects of learning and are subscribed to by all students, staff and faculty.  The members of the university community strive to advance intellectual and culturally accepted inquiry.

Engagement: In furtherance of its core functions, members of UCC develop intellectually through active and reflective learning, which enables engagement with the wider community, thus influencing policy for sustainable development.

Ethical and responsible behaviour: All members of the university community act honestly and responsibly, holding themselves accountable to others for their actions.  In all their economic, social and political activities, staff, students and affiliate bodies of the university conduct themselves in a manner that upholds the integrity of the person and the image of the university.

Equality of access to all opportunities and services: UCC is an equal opportunity institution and therefore strives to provide opportunity and access to quality education and services to all categories of person regardless of creed, race, gender, disability of all forms and social status.

Empowerment:  UCC offers opportunities for staff and students to engage in critical enquiry and life-long learning meant to enhance confidence for contribution to personal and community development.

 

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