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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

Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow image

Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow

Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow image

Published: July 23, 2015

Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News
Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News
Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News
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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
OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

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
OCU Disaster Response Vehicle Arrives On Campus image

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