Dr. Faina Linkov joined Duquesne University as the chair for the Department of Health Administration and Public Health at the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences on July 1.
Linkov, whose research interests range from biological markers for detecting early-stage malignancies to health system infrastructure optimization, was previously an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
"We are truly excited to welcome Dr. Linkov to Duquesne. As the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates, the role of public health is vital in maintaining the health and safety of society," said Dr. Fevzi Akinci, dean of the Rangos School. "Dr. Linkov's expertise in biomedical research, health care administration and public and global health will greatly benefit our students, preparing them for future challenges and 21st century success."
Duquesne is home to Pittsburgh's only undergraduate public health program, an interdisciplinary offering where students can focus on the scientific or social dimensions of public health while earning their degree. Health Administration offers both a bachelor's and master's program.
Linkov's primary research interest has been gynecologic malignancies, where her work focused on investigating the connection between biological markers and cancer risk reduction. Her recent research interests included biomedical informatics, where she worked on several cancer registries-based projects with the aim of using existing reportable data to help improve medical efficiency and public health. Linkov also helped to shape global health education as a part of the Global Health Network Supercourse project.
Linkov is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association for the Advancement in Science. In 2012, she received the University of Pittsburgh's Cancer Institute Scholar Award for meritorious biobehavioral research. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and chapters on various aspects of gynecologic disease, epidemiology, education and public health and is the founding editor-in-chief of the Central Asian Journal of Global Health.
Linkov received her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and completed her post-doctoral training at Pitt in the School of Rehabilitation Science.