On Wednesday, October 7th, eight students in Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program assisted Pickaway County Public Health with a Drive-Through Flu Vaccine Clinic. Students learned about coordinating a mass vaccination effort as they assisted with traffic flow, pre-screening, registration and helping the nurses.
“I really appreciated the experience,” said OCU Student Caraline Ferguson. “It gave me a wonderful idea of real careers I could use with my major.”
OCU Student Jacob Werkmeister said, “I learned real-life experience on how to manage an event or situation. I enjoy the amount of real-life scenarios that we are put in to help prepare us for our future.”
“Our goal is to get our students hands-on experience to help them determine what area of Emergency and Disaster Management they could see themselves working in after graduation,” according to Dr. Anthony Dillard, Assistant Professor of Emergency and Disaster Management at OCU.
Public health is one area in which graduates of OCU’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program could decide to work. Several OCU graduates are Emergency Response Coordinators for public health departments, while others assist public health departments as directors of county emergency management agencies.
When asked what she enjoys most about OCU’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program, OCU Student Rachel Schneider said “I enjoy getting hands-on experience. I also really like that the professors have had years of experience and really know what they are teaching their students.”
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