Dr. Fevzi Akinci has been reappointed dean of Duquesne’s John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences.
Named dean of the Rangos School in 2017, Akinci has overseen the growth of new programs and research activities, especially in the health administration and public health fields. Under his leadership, the school launched the only undergraduate Public Health program in Pittsburgh, developed a nationally competitive online Master of Health Administration (MHA) offering and created an online microcredential program in the growing field of Health Informatics and Data Analytics.
The school also continues to develop new partnerships with health care organizations and academic institutions at national and international levels that further enhance the school’s mission, strategic priorities and brand recognition.
During the pandemic, Akinci oversaw the transition of classes to an online format and the development of a process so that students could safely continue their clinical rotations, a meaningful commitment to academic excellence at a tumultuous time.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Akinci remain at the helm of the Rangos School as it continues to climb in national stature,” said President Ken Gormley. “Dean Akinci’s expertise and leadership have been vital in ensuring that faculty and students are working and learning together, even in the midst of a global pandemic. As the past year has proven, public health is essential to all communities. The Rangos School, led by Dean Akinci and its talented faculty and staff, is uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of health care leaders, imbuing in them strong ethical and moral principles.”
Many of the Rangos School’s programs graduate students who achieve high pass rates on national licensing and certification exams, showing that their students are well-prepared for future success. The school also is the first academic institution in the world to offer an accelerated Biomedical Engineering and Nursing dual degree to undergraduates.
“It is a great honor and pleasure to continue serving the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences’ students, faculty, staff, alumni and the University through a second, three-year term as dean,” Akinci said. “We have made great progress with our strategic plan priorities, and I look forward to the many great accomplishments that we will achieve collectively. The Rangos School will continue to distinguish itself among the most highly esteemed health sciences schools in our nation and in the world.”