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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

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
OCU Students Impact Community image

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
Emergency Management Program Serves at 9/11 Service image

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