Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow image

Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News & World Report.  Over the past 10 years, the field has moved from approximately four university and college programs to currently more than 150.  Colleges and universities are adding these programs because the market requires trained and capable individuals to fill job openings.  Emergency and Disaster Management is a broad term for a career path with nearly endless growth potential.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this area will be an eight to 10 percent through 2020. 

While this degree path can stand alone, OCU takes it a step further. The Emergency and Disaster Management program at OCU is housed within the School of Business and Government.  Students who graduate from OCU with a B.A. in Emergency Management will also receive a B.A. in Business, which makes them twice as marketable to future employers.  Emergency and Disaster Management Director, Dr. Thad Hicks stated, “OCU continues to be a trendsetter; we recognized early on that emergency managers needed more business insight to be successful.”  Hicks added, “The Dean of the School of Business and Government, Dr. Dave Garrison, as well as OCU’s administration have a good feel for the business world, and this is OCU’s focus, in order to better prepare our graduates.” This multifaceted program also offers opportunities for Christian ministry.  Emergency and Disaster Management not only prepares the students for an established and exciting profession, but it is also one of the emerging mission fields around the world. 

God is doing great things, and Emergency and Disaster Management is one of them. OCU is excited to be a part of training-up the next generation of world-impacting, Christ-following, servant leaders.  OCU offers flexible, online degree programs in Emergency and Disaster Management, as well as a traditional, four-year program with a business double major. For more information, click here. 

Articles of Interest

Lauren Ray Highlight

Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Ray

Lauren Ray Highlight

Published: April 26, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren as a key member of the program, playing for the team for three seasons (2015-17). Originally from Canal Winchester, OH, Lauren transferred into OCU following her freshman year at Ohio University,
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management
Donald Gossel pictured in the Athens County Emergency Operations Center.

Emergency Management Graduates and Students Fight COVID-19

Donald Gossel pictured in the Athens County Emergency Operations Center.

Published: March 25, 2020

With the pandemic situation facing our state, county and the world, emergency managers play an important role in working to stabilize the situation and save lives. “An emergency manager’s job is to bring relative calm and order to the chaos,” explains Dr. Thad Hicks, Head of the Emergency Management Program at Ohio Christian University and Certified Emergency Manager. Ohio Christian University has offered programs in Emergency
With the pandemic situation facing our state, county and the world, emergency managers play an important role in working to stabilize the situation and save lives. “An emergency manager’s job is to bring relative calm and order to the chaos,” explains Dr. Thad Hicks, Head of the Emergency Management Program at Ohio Christian University and Certified Emergency Manager. Ohio Christian
With the pandemic situation facing our state, county and the world, emergency managers play an important role in working to stabilize the situation and save lives. “An emergency manager’s job is to
Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country

Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country image

Published: March 18, 2020

Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency
Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency
Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency
Research supports Ohio Christian’s Emergency Management Programs image

Research supports Ohio Christian’s Emergency Management Programs

Research supports Ohio Christian’s Emergency Management Programs image

Published: February 28, 2020

A recent research project published in The Journal of Emergency Management[1] supports Ohio Christian University’s approach to educating tomorrows emergency managers. The research highlighted the need of students to understand the concept of emergency exercises and the average emergency manager needing more experience with emergency exercises. This is an area where the program at Ohio Christian University shines. “The requirement for emergency exercises is a part of our core course load for emergency management students,” said Dr. Thad Hicks, Head of the Emergency Management Program
A recent research project published in The Journal of Emergency Management[1] supports Ohio Christian University’s approach to educating tomorrows emergency managers. The research highlighted the need of students to understand the concept of emergency exercises and the average emergency manager needing more experience with emergency exercises. This is an area where the program at Ohio
A recent research project published in The Journal of Emergency Management[1] supports Ohio Christian University’s approach to educating tomorrows emergency managers. The research highlighted the
Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service image

Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service

Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service image

Published: November 8, 2019

Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region 2 Conference. The event took place in Rosedale, Ohio on Oct. 25-27. The Mennonite Disaster Service is a network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters. While their primary focus is on clean up, repair, and rebuilding homes, they expand beyond these activities. Their service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith, and wholeness. Emergency
Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region 2 Conference. The event took place in Rosedale, Ohio on Oct. 25-27. The Mennonite Disaster Service is a network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by
Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region

Archived Articles of Interest

Serving after Hurricane Michael Strikes

Emergency Management Students Serve after Hurricane Michael Strikes

Serving after Hurricane Michael Strikes

Published: October 31, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management students responded to the call to serve the men, women, and children of Panama City, Florida, following deadly Hurricane Michael striking Florida’s panhandle on October 10.   Salvation Army teams in Florida are tasked by the State of Florida to deliver food and supplies to the areas hardest hit, where has been very difficult to reach survivors due to the destroyed infrastructure. Cayla Allen and Jerica Donald, who trained with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in Puerto Rico last year, were prepared to serve in
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management students responded to the call to serve the men, women, and children of Panama City, Florida, following deadly Hurricane Michael striking Florida’s panhandle on October 10.   Salvation Army teams in Florida are tasked by the State of Florida to deliver food and supplies to the areas hardest hit, where has been very difficult to reach
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management students responded to the call to serve the men, women, and children of Panama City, Florida, following deadly Hurricane Michael striking
OCU Professor and Students at IAEM Conference

Professor Thad Hicks Presents at International Emergency Management Conference

OCU Professor and Students at IAEM Conference

Published: October 24, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management Program Director, Dr. Thad Hicks presented Creating Effective Teams in the Non-Profit Context at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in Grand Rapids Michigan in October.  Team-building is a vital but dirty piece of the emergency and disaster fields.  A group’s ability to form an efficient and effective team correlates directly with its success. When an organization does not have the resources available to properly support a team, they often depend on untrained—often spontaneous—volunteers. Non-
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management Program Director, Dr. Thad Hicks presented Creating Effective Teams in the Non-Profit Context at the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in Grand Rapids Michigan in October.  Team-building is a vital but dirty piece of the emergency and disaster fields.  A group’s ability to form an efficient and effective
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Emergency Management Program Director, Dr. Thad Hicks presented Creating Effective Teams in the Non-Profit Context at the International Association of Emergency
Emergency Management Students Participate in Great Miami River Exercise image

Emergency Management Students Participate in Great Miami River Exercise

Emergency Management Students Participate in Great Miami River Exercise image

Published: October 1, 2018

On September 20, 2018, a massive emergency operation occurred on the Great Miami River in Butler County, Ohio. Although just a drill, the full-scale emergency exercise involved 50 departments and agencies and over 200 people focusing on how to respond to a full-scale disaster. Ohio Christian University students in the Emergency Management Program observed and participated in the exercise. According to Emergency Management Director, Dr. Thad Hicks, "We need to practice our work in high-stress situations, understanding that decision-making in a crisis is quite different from normal
On September 20, 2018, a massive emergency operation occurred on the Great Miami River in Butler County, Ohio. Although just a drill, the full-scale emergency exercise involved 50 departments and agencies and over 200 people focusing on how to respond to a full-scale disaster. Ohio Christian University students in the Emergency Management Program observed and participated in the exercise.
On September 20, 2018, a massive emergency operation occurred on the Great Miami River in Butler County, Ohio. Although just a drill, the full-scale emergency exercise involved 50 departments and
OCU Emergency Management Program Ranks #3

Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 of Online Emergency Management Programs!

OCU Emergency Management Program Ranks #3

Published: August 6, 2018

Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other awards, rankings, and reputation. OCU's Emergency and Disaster Management program trains students to lead during disasters. Graduates contribute during every stage of disaster management and recovery, including providing immediate relief and rebuilding and redeveloping communities. Student Lesli Holt, Operations Manager for Warren County Ohio's Office of Emergency Management, comments that “
Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other awards, rankings, and reputation. OCU's Emergency and Disaster Management program trains students to lead during disasters. Graduates contribute during every stage of disaster management and
Best Schools has ranked Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program #3 among the top 15 programs based on its quality and courses provided, as well as the school’s other
EM Exercise Design Program Gives Students Hands-on Experience image

EM Exercise Design Program Gives Students Hands-on Experience

EM Exercise Design Program Gives Students Hands-on Experience image

Published: July 30, 2018

One of the biggest pieces of emergency management is designing preparedness and readiness exercises for various disasters that can befall communities and regions.  In Ohio, annual emergency management exercises are required at the county level.  The practices vary from table-top and office-based to full-field deployments.  Scenarios cover every possible disaster from highway and railroad spills of hazardous materials, to tornadoes and hurricanes, blizzards and earthquakes, forest fires and flooding, to rioting or other possible emergencies.  OCU’s program is one of a few that
One of the biggest pieces of emergency management is designing preparedness and readiness exercises for various disasters that can befall communities and regions.  In Ohio, annual emergency management exercises are required at the county level.  The practices vary from table-top and office-based to full-field deployments.  Scenarios cover every possible disaster from highway and railroad
One of the biggest pieces of emergency management is designing preparedness and readiness exercises for various disasters that can befall communities and regions.  In Ohio, annual emergency