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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

Disaster Management Students Attend International Emergency Management Conference image

Disaster Management Students Attend International Emergency Management Conference

Disaster Management Students Attend International Emergency Management Conference image

Published: November 23, 2012

Students from Ohio Christian University’s Disaster Management and Relief Program recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the International Association of Emergency Manager’s Conference.  This annual conference is a time for Emergency Management professionals from all over the world to come together to discuss Emergency and Disaster Management both domestically and internationally.  The conference provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.  Sessions encourage stakeholders at all
Students from Ohio Christian University’s Disaster Management and Relief Program recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the International Association of Emergency Manager’s Conference.  This annual conference is a time for Emergency Management professionals from all over the world to come together to discuss Emergency and Disaster Management both domestically and internationally.  
Students from Ohio Christian University’s Disaster Management and Relief Program recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the International Association of Emergency Manager’s Conference. 
OCU hosts Pickaway County Emergency Planning Committee image

OCU hosts Pickaway County Emergency Planning Committee

OCU hosts Pickaway County Emergency Planning Committee image

Published: October 11, 2012

The Disaster Management and Relief program hosted representatives from various emergency readiness fields within Pickaway County on Ohio Christian University’s campus Thursday morning.  The Emergency Planning Committee was formed to discuss emergency readiness and response all across the county.  Led by Circlevile Fire Chief Tim Teener, and Pickaway County Emergency Manager Dave Conrad, the group meets to discuss emergency needs and what each member of the committee can bring to the table in regard to resources in case of a crisis. The committee is made up of multiple diverse
The Disaster Management and Relief program hosted representatives from various emergency readiness fields within Pickaway County on Ohio Christian University’s campus Thursday morning.  The Emergency Planning Committee was formed to discuss emergency readiness and response all across the county.  Led by Circlevile Fire Chief Tim Teener, and Pickaway County Emergency Manager Dave Conrad, the
The Disaster Management and Relief program hosted representatives from various emergency readiness fields within Pickaway County on Ohio Christian University’s campus Thursday morning.  The
OCU Student Spends Summer Designing Emergency Operations Plan image

OCU Student Spends Summer Designing Emergency Operations Plan

OCU Student Spends Summer Designing Emergency Operations Plan image

Published: September 5, 2012

One of the values that Ohio Christian University strives to instill in their students is the idea of service to their communities.  This idea is driven home in each class, and students are encouraged to use the skills that they are developing at OCU to help out wherever they can.   This past summer OCU student, Ethan Allen, did just that when he helped an organization in Rising Sun, Indiana.Ethan volunteered to work as a mentor for a job skills training program hosted each summer through the Denver Siekman Environmental Park, DSEP.  The Park recently changed management, and the new
One of the values that Ohio Christian University strives to instill in their students is the idea of service to their communities.  This idea is driven home in each class, and students are encouraged to use the skills that they are developing at OCU to help out wherever they can.   This past summer OCU student, Ethan Allen, did just that when he helped an organization in Rising Sun, Indiana.
One of the values that Ohio Christian University strives to instill in their students is the idea of service to their communities.  This idea is driven home in each class, and students are
Disaster Management Students Serve in Eastern Kentucky image

Disaster Management Students Serve in Eastern Kentucky

Disaster Management Students Serve in Eastern Kentucky image

Published: March 14, 2012

Two Disaster Management and Relief students made their way to Eastern Kentucky early Tuesday morning in route to assist in the disaster clean-up.  The students, Kendra Dixon and James Dixon, teamed up with a Nazarene Disaster Response team from Middleport, Ohio, headed by Daniel Fulton, an Ohio Christian University graduate.  The group will be serving in Salyersville, KY, an area about a half hour from West Liberty Kentucky, which has been receiving the bulk of the media coverage in the aftermath of the storms.  Last week, the weather service identified at least 45 separate tornadoes
Two Disaster Management and Relief students made their way to Eastern Kentucky early Tuesday morning in route to assist in the disaster clean-up.  The students, Kendra Dixon and James Dixon, teamed up with a Nazarene Disaster Response team from Middleport, Ohio, headed by Daniel Fulton, an Ohio Christian University graduate.  The group will be serving in Salyersville, KY, an area about a
Two Disaster Management and Relief students made their way to Eastern Kentucky early Tuesday morning in route to assist in the disaster clean-up.  The students, Kendra Dixon and James Dixon, teamed