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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. 

Articles of Interest

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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
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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

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Changes Taking Place within Emergency & Disaster Management Program at OCU

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Published: September 8, 2015

Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency
Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency
Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency
Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Published: January 5, 2015

 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand emergencies each year and serves the majority of the Fortune 500 companies, numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies, and through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, over 200,000 small
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field
Faith & Liberty Talk Show Disaster Relief Challenge image

Faith & Liberty Talk Show Disaster Relief Challenge

Faith & Liberty Talk Show Disaster Relief Challenge image

Published: May 19, 2014

The Faith
The Faith
The Faith
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OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

Published: December 31, 2013

2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.Tempest’s poem, “What Would Happen” was originally written for one of her disaster classes at OCU. The course instructor, Thad Hicks stated, “Tempest is very talented. I knew the first time I saw her
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The
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OCU Disaster Response Vehicle Arrives On Campus

OCU Disaster Response Vehicle Arrives On Campus image

Published: September 11, 2013

Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that our new Disaster Response vehicle arrived at the campus the first week of August.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Texas businessman Dr. Lyle and Nell Reed for their generous contribution in funding the purchase of this exceptional response vehicle; without their assistance we would not have the capabilities we do now.  This vehicle is equipped with a three-burner stove, microwave, a 7000 watt generator, floodlights and many more items that provide efficient and flexible capabilities for disaster response.The vehicle will allow OCU
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that our new Disaster Response vehicle arrived at the campus the first week of August.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Texas businessman Dr. Lyle and Nell Reed for their generous contribution in funding the purchase of this exceptional response vehicle; without their assistance we would not have the capabilities we do now.  This vehicle is
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that our new Disaster Response vehicle arrived at the campus the first week of August.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Texas businessman Dr. Lyle