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Emergency Management & Homeland Security

MVNU’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security program was established to provide students the skills to help bring order to chaos.

MVNU takes a broad view of Emergency Management & Homeland Security issues, within the public, private, and non-profit arenas. The curriculum at MVNU focuses on prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. With an Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree from MVNU, you will possess the knowledge and skills needed to lead the way in helping your community, and the know-how to propel your career forward.

  • Immersive Learning — One of our biggest advantages to the EM&HS program at MVNU is our focus on experience. We couple the classroom work with opportunities to actually get your hands dirty in the field. You’ll be offered the opportunity to deploy to the field and work closely with authorities, locally, nationwide, and internationally. This means hands-on experience in your field long before graduation and an in-depth look at what your career options are with this degree.
  • Professional faculty — Our faculty are experts in their field with the knowledge to engage with students in every capacity, and are also still actively involved in their fields.
  • Advising relationships — You'll begin interacting with the faculty within your chosen discipline during your first day of classes, and develop mentorship relationships with them that often continue well past graduation.
  • Research opportunities — While a relatively practice based degree, due to its fairly young age, there is a large space for research and writing within the EM&HS fields. In addition to research conducted in courses, department faculty encourage talented and motivated students to submit their work to peer-reviewed journals and other outlets including conferences and workshops. Student scholars are also encouraged to present their work at the MVNU undergraduate research symposium (sURC).
  • Dr. Thad Hicks, Professor of Emergency Management & Criminal Justice / GPS Program Coordinator for Public Administration
  • Dr. Christina Jones, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 
  • Professor Carla Swallow, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Department Chair
  • Professor Richard Brenneman, Adjunct Professor
  • Professor Paul Lumadue, Adjunct Professor

All MVNU students are invited to participate in our many other service and learning trips. Emergency Management & Homeland Security majors have the opportunity for dozens of off-campus activities. Faculty guide students on trips visiting such locations as:

  • Ohio Emergency Management Department
  • Ohio Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • County Emergency Management offices
  • Domestic disaster deployments
  • International Emergency deployments
  • Conferences & Workshops

For other service learning and academic travel possibilities, visit

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

The field of Emergency Management & Homeland Security continues to need devoted, skilled leaders who are equipped to answer the call of making order out of chaos. These leaders must have the ability to save lives by preparing for cataclysmic events and be ready to lead the efforts. The EM&HS degree program continues to grow as a popular major in colleges and universities across the globe, with excellent employment and graduate school outcomes for students.

With an EM&HS degree, you could pursue careers with:
  • Disaster response coordination 
  • Fire departments
  • Homeland security 
  • Emergency medical services
  • Emergency management
  • Red Cross
  • Faith-Based Humanitarian Agencies
  • Christian Ministry positions
  • International Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Military
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Local, state and federal government jobs
  • Law enforcement
  • Business continuity
  • Risk management

Whatever path you choose, a degree from MVNU will prepare you to carry out your career ethically and successfully.