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Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency & Disaster Management was recently ranked as the #2 program in the country by Intelligent.com.

According to Intelligent.com, the rankings are based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 

Ohio Christian’s Emergency & Disaster Management Programs prepare students for work in government, non-profit and private emergency response organizations. The programs combine a strong course load in emergency and disaster management specific classes with fieldwork and experience in emergency exercises to ensure graduates are prepared for their careers.

“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 and Certified Emergency Manager. “The students learn to design exercises and participate in delivering them.” 

“The emergency management program at OCU is leading the way when it comes to preparing tomorrow’s emergency management leaders for the career field,” said Hicks. Explore programs below:

Online Programs:

BA in Emergency & Disaster Management

BA in Business with Emergency Management Concentration

Certificate in Emergency Management

Undergraduate Campus Programs:

BA in Emergency & Disaster Management

BA in Emergency & Disaster Management and Business (Dual Major)

BA in Intercultural Ministries and Emergency & Disaster Management (Dual Major)

Minor in Emergency & Disaster Management

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Incoming Campus Students Attend Summer Orientation

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Published: July 13, 2020

On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. OCU President Dr. Jon S. Kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of God’s story. Students and
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus
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Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer

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Published: June 4, 2020

Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. Learn more. Option 2: Virtual Preview Day Join us for a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, June 26th! Learn why students choose OCU, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1:
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
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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

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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
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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
Criminal Justice Students Watch K-9 Search Demo

Criminal Justice Program Keeps Students Current

Criminal Justice Students Watch K-9 Search Demo

Published: September 7, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an Ohio penal institution, and observing canine-assisted narcotics crime apprehension. Criminal Justice Advisory Council Meeting OCU’s Criminal Justice Department held its annual Criminal Justice Advisory Council meeting. The Council collaborates with the Criminal Justice Program director to ensure students receive a current and comprehensive curriculum that prepares them to succeed in
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an Ohio penal institution, and observing canine-assisted narcotics crime apprehension. Criminal Justice Advisory Council Meeting OCU’s Criminal Justice Department held its annual Criminal Justice
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an
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Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution image

Published: September 5, 2018

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.  The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA