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Mark J. Bittle, DrPH

  • Senior Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 539
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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DrPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
MBA, University of Baltimore, 1987
BS, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1983


Dr. Bittle is an experienced health care executive and is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. His healthcare management experience spans ambulatory services development, physician practice management and integration, hospital operations, and also includes developing managed care infrastructure and systems for the management of health care under global capitation. Dr. Bittle is experienced at developing successful teams and metrics-driven improvements.

Areas of teaching and research interests include change and change management in large health care systems, physician alignment and engagement strategies to improve system performance, population health management, and the development of community-oriented care delivery systems, especially in rural settings.

Dr. Bittle serves on the boards of the Maryland Rural Health Association, the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives, and Shepherd's Clinic, which provides quality, low-cost primary health care to those who are medically uninsured in Central Baltimore.

Honors and Awards

WC Woodward Award (2019): recognizes an APHA Health Administration member who has advanced the practice of health administration through outstanding leadership, contributions in a management or educational setting and provided significant service.

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Population Health
  • Organizational Performance Improvement

Publications from the past 5 years

  • Gurewitsch Allen, ED, Bittle, MJ. Linking Medicaid Expansion and Cuts to Disproportionate-Share Hospital: Will Safety Nets Survive? Obstetrics & Gynecology, August 2015, 126(2): 442-445
  • Bittle, MJ. A New Vision and Leadership Challenge: Implementing the Affordable Care Act to Improve the Organization and Delivery of Health Care Services. J Public Health Management Practice, 2014 21(1).
  • Bittle MJ, LaMarche S. Engaging the Patient as Observer to Promote Hand Hygiene Compliance in Ambulatory Care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009 Oct:35(10):519-525.
  • Bittle MJ, Charache P. Sustainable Improvement: Taking “AIM” at lasting change. Schilling L. (ed): Implementing and Sustaining Improvement in Health Care. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Resources, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-59940-187-4
  • Bittle MJ, Charache P, Wassilchalk DM. Registration-associated patient misidentification in an academic medical center: causes and corrections. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2007 Jan;33(1):25-33.