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Major changes have been taking place within the Emergency & Disaster Management program at Ohio Christian University over the past few months.  After an analysis of the needs in the market and a consultation with industry leaders, the Disaster Management and Relief program which began in 2009 has been reworked and is now the Emergency & Disaster Management and Business Program.

A Unique Field

The Emergency Management Program at OCU is unique.  While OCU has been a leader within this field for some time, being one of the earliest colleges or universities to begin offering this degree, we discovered that there was more we could do to prepare our graduates.  Every student that graduates from OCU with a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management will also receive a second degree in Business.  There are currently no other programs operating in the U.S. that are taking such an active role in preparing their students to be top notch leaders in the emergency management field, as well as within the business field.  OCU strives to bring the theories that inform our work together with the practice of it to create a graduate that understands the foundational concepts while also understanding what those theories look like on the ground.

An Exciting Field

This work takes you all over the world and puts you into contact with all types of people.  It’s not for the faint of heart and oftentimes requires a steel reserve.  Emergency Managers might work with political refugees one day and then meet with international military leaders the next.  They might be in a war torn country one week, and then in a major American city working a hurricane response the next.  

A Growing Field

The field is continuing to grow at 8-10% meaning that there are jobs out there.  These are not just government or non-profit jobs, but private companies are beginning to hire emergency mangers to oversee and guarantee that in the case of some emergency or disaster, their business stays viable.  Some of the largest job growth projections are within the private sector. 

A Needed Field

Students within this program will be dealing with and interacting with individuals who are most likely at their lowest point and in desperate need of an ear to pull on, or a shoulder to cry on.  A well informed and trained emergency responder can be the rock that disaster survivors need.    

Many of our graduates are interested in Christian ministry.  Emergency Management is a “new mission field.”  The days of the missionary striking out with a machete are over.  Individuals with a desirable and marketable skill are being invited into countries and regions cut off from other Christian missions.

According to Emergency and Disaster Management Program Director, Dr Thad Hicks, "This field is not for the faint of heart; This degree is for those looking for a thrilling way to extend the Kingdom of God while learning how to protect and prepare individuals, communities, and organizations for life’s hazards and crises."  The recent changes in the program at Ohio Christian University have shaped a program that not only trains individuals on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies, but because of the double major with business, OCU graduates will be better equipped to do it.

Articles of Interest

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

What is Going to Stop the Salvation Army?  Nothing! image

What is Going to Stop the Salvation Army? Nothing!

What is Going to Stop the Salvation Army?  Nothing! image

Published: December 8, 2017

By Jerica Donald, OCU Junior, Emergency
By Jerica Donald, OCU Junior, Emergency
By Jerica Donald, OCU Junior, Emergency
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Helping Hands in Puerto Rico

Helping Hands in Puerto Rico image

Published: December 8, 2017

by Chelsi Mason, OCU Junior, majoring in Emergency
by Chelsi Mason, OCU Junior, majoring in Emergency
by Chelsi Mason, OCU Junior, majoring in Emergency
Ethan Allen Serves in Disaster Areas

Graduate Profiles: Ethan Allen and Dustin Hube Serve Where Disaster Strikes

Ethan Allen Serves in Disaster Areas

Published: August 27, 2019

The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished family possessions is beyond measure.  In the midst of these far-reaching calamities, two OCU graduates have been working diligently to preserve and protect those affected most by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Ethan Allen, a 2015 OCU graduate in Emergency Management, has first-hand experience of such mega-disasters.  Working with The Salvation Army in Ft. Myers, Ethan assisted with the
The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished family possessions is beyond measure.  In the midst of these far-reaching calamities, two OCU graduates have been working diligently to preserve and protect those affected most by Hurricanes Harvey,
The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished
Sam Bussey in Houston with Encompass

Graduate Profile: Sam Bussey Served in Houston

Sam Bussey in Houston with Encompass

Published: August 27, 2019

When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and impactful recovery work generated by Hurricane Harvey. Recently, with Encompass World Partners—a faith-based organization that sends missionaries worldwide in crisis response—Sam was stationed in the heart of Houston, Texas, helping restore the Harvey-ravaged community. At Encompass, Sam was a member of a team that is helping hurricane victims in Houston. Traveling to such areas, she assists in
When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and impactful recovery work generated by Hurricane Harvey. Recently, with Encompass World Partners—a faith-based organization that sends missionaries worldwide in crisis response—Sam was stationed in the
When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and
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OCU Emerency Management Supports Community Response Partner

OCU Emerency Management Supports Community Response Partner image

Published: August 24, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE - Where there is a need, there is a solution, and Box65 recently found one through a community partnership with Ohio Christian University. Box65, the scene support unit for local fire departments, has found a new home with OCU after having to vacate its previous digs at Circleville Station 2. Its base of operations is now in the OCU Service Center on North Court Street near Bell Station Road. The partnership came through contact with Dr. Thad Hicks, director of the Emergency
CIRCLEVILLE - Where there is a need, there is a solution, and Box65 recently found one through a community partnership with Ohio Christian University. Box65, the scene support unit for local fire departments, has found a new home with OCU after having to vacate its previous digs at Circleville Station 2. Its base of operations is now in the OCU Service Center on North Court Street near Bell
CIRCLEVILLE - Where there is a need, there is a solution, and Box65 recently found one through a community partnership with Ohio Christian University. Box65, the scene support unit for local fire