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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. 

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Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online image

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online image

Published: June 17, 2019

A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton image

OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton

OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton image

Published: June 12, 2019

On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide relief. The Salvation Army is one such group providing relief. Dr. Thad Hicks, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management at Ohio Christian University (OCU), and Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Salvation Army in SW Ohio and NE Kentucky, has led volunteers consisting of student, faculty, and administration members, serving those in need as they continue helping
On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide relief. The Salvation Army is one such group providing relief. Dr. Thad Hicks, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management at Ohio Christian University (OCU), and Divisional Emergency Disaster
On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide

Archived Articles of Interest

Students training with local law enforcement for an emergency training exercise.

Emergency Management Students Participate in Emergency Exercise

Students training with local law enforcement for an emergency training exercise.

Published: June 8, 2016

ORIENT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with The State Emergency Management Office conducted a functional hazardous materials exercise last Friday. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that an adequate hazardous materials response plan exists on the county level. The functional exercise involved a simulated hazardous material release that occurred on state Route 762 in Scioto Township.  Ohio Christian University Emergency Management has been involved since the planning stage of this emergency exercise event.  The initial impetus of the
ORIENT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with The State Emergency Management Office conducted a functional hazardous materials exercise last Friday. The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that an adequate hazardous materials response plan exists on the county level. The functional exercise involved a simulated hazardous material release that occurred
ORIENT, Ohio — The Pickaway County Emergency Management Office in conjunction with The State Emergency Management Office conducted a functional hazardous materials exercise last Friday. The purpose
OCU student and athlete, David Nunez, has been appointed to West Point's class of 2020

OCU Student Appointed to West Point

OCU student and athlete, David Nunez, has been appointed to West Point's class of 2020

Published: May 6, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — David Nunez, a current international student at Ohio Christian University, was recently appointed to the West Point Military Academy.  He will be a part of West Point’s graduating class of 2020. The process from applicant to appointment at West Point Military academy is an arduous one. According to their website, acceptance to West Point is an “exceptional honor reserved for our nation’s most promising students,” requiring not only an excellent GPA, but also unimpeachable character and exceptional leadership skills. Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost and US Air Force
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — David Nunez, a current international student at Ohio Christian University, was recently appointed to the West Point Military Academy.  He will be a part of West Point’s graduating class of 2020. The process from applicant to appointment at West Point Military academy is an arduous one. According to their website, acceptance to West Point is an “exceptional honor reserved
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — David Nunez, a current international student at Ohio Christian University, was recently appointed to the West Point Military Academy.  He will be a part of West Point’s
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OCU Students Impact Community

OCU Students Impact Community image

Published: September 21, 2015

Emergency Management Students Promote Fire Safety and Awareness with American Red Cross   Students from Ohio Christian University's Emergency
Emergency Management Students Promote Fire Safety and Awareness with American Red Cross   Students from Ohio Christian University's Emergency
Emergency Management Students Promote Fire Safety and Awareness with American Red Cross   Students from Ohio Christian University's Emergency
Dr. Thad Hicks Returns to OCU image

Dr. Thad Hicks Returns to OCU

Dr. Thad Hicks Returns to OCU image

Published: September 21, 2015

An experienced Emergency Manager, Thad Hicks returns to OCU as the Director of the Emergency and Disaster Management program. Before a three-year hiatus to work with the Emergency Disaster Services section of The Salvation Army, Dr. Hicks both designed the program at OCU and was its first director. He continues his relationship with The Salvation Army as a trainer and consultant. This relationship allows for an abundance of real-world experiences for students at OCU with one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations active in emergency and disaster work. Click here for more
An experienced Emergency Manager, Thad Hicks returns to OCU as the Director of the Emergency and Disaster Management program. Before a three-year hiatus to work with the Emergency Disaster Services section of The Salvation Army, Dr. Hicks both designed the program at OCU and was its first director. He continues his relationship with The Salvation Army as a trainer and consultant. This
An experienced Emergency Manager, Thad Hicks returns to OCU as the Director of the Emergency and Disaster Management program. Before a three-year hiatus to work with the Emergency Disaster Services
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Emergency Management Program Serves at 9/11 Service

Emergency Management Program Serves at 9/11 Service image

Published: September 14, 2015

Emergency Management students from Ohio Christian University took time last Friday to serve first responders and community members at a 9/11 remembrance service in Circleville Ohio.  On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, Crossroads Church in Circleville hosted its annual "Lest We Forget" event.  The vision of the event is to honor first responders and military personnel who put their lives on the line every day for the safety and freedom of this country. With that in mind, the Ohio Christian University Disaster Services vehicle and OCU Emergency Management students were on
Emergency Management students from Ohio Christian University took time last Friday to serve first responders and community members at a 9/11 remembrance service in Circleville Ohio.  On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, Crossroads Church in Circleville hosted its annual "Lest We Forget" event.  The vision of the event is to honor first responders and military personnel who put
Emergency Management students from Ohio Christian University took time last Friday to serve first responders and community members at a 9/11 remembrance service in Circleville Ohio.  On the