Hanson, Carl

Public Health

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Provo, UT 84602
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Curriculum Vitae

Carl L. Hanson is a professor of health science and is currently serving as chair in the Department of Health Science.

He has authored and co-authored numerous publications and presentations including over $1,500,000 in external grants. He serves on many national and local boards including but not limited to the Society for Public Health Education and the American Association for Public Health Programs. He has worked collaboratively on many community initiatives of public health interest - especially those targeting youth and families. His research agenda includes computational health science, health communication through social and new media, and family health.

Carl Hanson graduated from high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in health science from Brigham Young University where he also competed in track and field/cross country. He received a doctorate in public health education from Southern Illinois University while teaching classes and working at the county health department. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, he spent 11 years as a professor at Montana State University - Billings. There he taught health promotion classes and served as chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance prior to becoming the interim dean of a new College of Allied Health Professions.

He and his wife Loraine have four children and reside in Spanish Fork, Utah. He served in the Arizona Phoenix Mission from 1984-1986. He enjoys running, playing basketball, fly fishing, and camping with his family.

 Teaching Interests
Methods in Health Promotion, Planning and Evaluation, Public Health Administration
 Research Interests
Health Communication and New/Social Media, Family Health, Adolescent Health
 Administrative Positions
Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
  • Ph.D., Community Health Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1994
  • M.S., Health Science, Brigham Young University, 1991
  • B.S., Psychology, Brigham Young University, 1990

Academic - Post-Secondary
  • Interim Dean, Montana State University - Billings, 2003-2005
  • Professor, Montana State University - Billings, 1994-2005
  • Department Chair, Montana State University - Billings, 1999-2003

  • Co-Director/Evaluator, Billings Healthy Community Coalition, 1999-2002

  • Program Coordinator, Jackson County Health Department, 1991-1993

  • American Association of Public Health Programs (AAPHP), 2005-Present
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1994-2010
 Courses Taught

Fall 2017
  • HLTH 607: Public Hlth Administration Section 001
Spring 2017
  • HLTH 439: Program Planning Section 001
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 016, 8
Winter 2017
  • HLTH 439: Program Planning Section 001
Fall 2016
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 3
  • HLTH 607: Public Hlth Administration Section 001

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Lister C, Payne H, Hanson CL, Barnes MD, Davis S, Manwaring TM. 2017. The Public Health Innovation Model: Merging Private Sector Processes with Public Health Strengths. 5(192):9. <website> doi:10.3389/fpubh.2017.00192.

Jashinksy JM, Magnusson BM, Hanson CL, Barnes MD. 2017. Media agenda setting regarding gun violence before and after a mass shooting. Frontiers in Public Health.

Braithwaite SR, Giraud-Carrier CG, West JH, Barnes MD, Hanson CL. 2016. Validating Machine Learning Algorithms for Twitter Data Against Established Measures of Suicidality. JMIR Mental Health. 3(2):e21.

Merrill RM, Hanson CL. 2016. Risk and protective factors associated with being bullied on school property compared with cyberbullied. BMC Public Health. 16(145).

Merrill RM, Sloan A, Hanson CL. 2013. Drug poisoning deaths according to ethnicity in Utah. Journal of Addiction. 6. <website>

Jashinsky J, Burton S, Hanson CL, West JH, Giraud-Carrier CG, Barnes MD, Argyle T. 2013. Tracking suicide risk factors through Twitter in the U.S. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 35(1):51-59.

Neiger BL, Thackeray R, VanWagenen SA, Hanson CL, West JH, Barnes MD, Fagen MC. 2012. Use of social media in health promotion: purposes, key performance indicators, and evaluation metrics. Health Promotion Practice. 13:159-164.

West JH, Hall PC, Hanson CL, Barnes MD, Giraud-Carrier CG, Barrett JS. 2012. There’s An App for That: Content Analysis of Paid Health & Fitness Apps. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 14(3):e72.

West JH, Hall PC, Prier K, Hanson CL, Giraud-Carrier CG, Tass ES, Barnes MD. 2012. Temporal Variability of Problem Drinking on Twitter. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2(1):43-48.

Hanson CL, Barrett J, West JH, Barnes MD. 2012. Protecting public health in a social media world: Policy responses to online threats. Internet Journal of Public Health. 2(1). <website>

Hanson CL, West JH, Neiger BL, Thackeray R, Barnes MD. 2011. Use and acceptance of social media among health educators. American Journal of Health Education. 42(4):197-204.

West JH, Hall PC, Hanson CL, Thackeray R, Barnes MD, Neiger BL, McIntyre E. 2011. Breastfeeding and Blogging: Exploring the Utility of Blogs to Promote Breastfeeding. American Journal of Health Education. 42(2):106-115.


Burton SH, Giraud-Carrier CG, Pant U, West JH, Hanson CL, Barnes MD. 2012. Public Health Community Mining in YouTube. Digital Health Communication Extravangaza. 1.


Varner J, Hoch K, Goates MC, Hanson CL. Proactive protection for adolescents, the innocent victim: Risk and protective factors for adolescent digital pornography use. Utah Society of Public Health Educators Annual Conference. Ogden, UT. 2017 .

Hilton H, Rachel H, Giraud-Carrier CG, Hanson CL, Barnes MD. Tracking Unwanted Explicit Content through Twitter. American Public Health Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO. 2016 .

Dayton N, Merrill RM, Hanson CL. Protective factors associated with bullying victimization and psychiatric distress among adolescents in selected environments. Society for Epidemiologic Research. Denver, CO. 2015 .

Novilla ML, Hanson CL, Barnes MD, Heiner SW, Eggett DL, Lindsay R, Doria RS, Clark D, Penaflor C. Health Beliefs & Attitudes on Screening and Intent to Share Family Health History Based on Level of Familial Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke Among Physically Active Seniors. 138th APHA Annual Meeting & Convention. Denver, CO. 2010 .

Novilla ML, Hanson CL, Barnes MD, Heiner S, Eggett D, Doria R, Clark D, Penaflor C. Health beliefs & attitudes on screening and intent to share family health history based on level of familial risk for heart disease and stroke among physically active seniors. American Public Health Association. Denver. 2010 .

Taylor S, Ward PJ, Hill BJ, Hanson CL. Influences on active family leisure and its relationship to obesity. 2010 Congress and Exposition, National Recreation and Park Association. Minneapolis, MN. 2010 .

Technical Report

Novilla ML, Barnes MD, Hanson CL, West JH, Edwards E, Hunter B, Lambrechtsen J, Davis B, Sypher J, Berrett J. 2011. How can we get the 'social determinants of health' message on the public policy and public health agenda?. Geneva: World Health Organization. <website>

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