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Carl Hanson

Department Chair
Public Health

4103B Life Sciences Building
Provo, UT 84602

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

He has authored and co-authored numerous publications and presentations including over $1,500,000 in external grants. He has served 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 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 Holbrook/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
Computational Health Science, Family Health, Mental Health, Adolescent Health

Administrative Positions
Department Chair


  • 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


  • Utah Society for Public Health Education (USOPHE), 2007-Present
  • Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE), 2005-Present
  • American Public Health Association (APHA), 1997-Present

Courses Taught
Winter 2019

  • HLTH 439: Adv Program Planning Section 002
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 005

Fall 2018

  • HLTH 403R: Special Topics Section 004
  • HLTH 439: Adv Program Planning Section 003
  • HLTH 607: Public Hlth Administration Section 001

Spring 2018

  • HLTH 439: Program Planning Section 001
  • HLTH 688R: Field Experience Section 014

Fall 2017

  • HLTH 607: Public Hlth Administration Section 001


Journal Articles

Crandall A, Allsop Y, Hanson CL. 2018. The longitudinal association between cognitive control capacities, suicidality, and depression during late adolescence and young adulthood. Journal of Adolescence. 65:167-176.

Chary M, Genes N, Giraud-Carrier CG, Hanson CL, Nelson L, Manini A. 2017. Epidemiology from Tweets: Estimating Misuse of Prescription Opioids in the USA from Social Media. Journal of Medical Toxicology. 13(4):278-286.

Wilkinson J, Ashby MG, Rusoja E, Hanson CL, Swanson C. 2017. The application of systems thinking concepts, methods and tools to global health practices: An analysis of case studies. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 1-12.

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.

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).

Lister C, Royne M, H.E. P, Cannon B, Hanson CL, Barnes MD. 2015. The laugh model: Reframing public health communication through social media. American Journal of Public Health. 105(11):22454-2251.

Strong J, Hanson CL, Magnusson BM, Neiger BL. 2015. Health education specialists’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Health Promotion and Practice.

Hanson CL, West JH, Thackeray R, Barnes MD, Downey J. 2014. Understanding and predicting social media use for health information and support among community health center patients. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 16(11):e270.

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

Hanson CL, Cannon B, Burton S, Giraud-Carrier CG. 2013. An Exploration of Social Circles and Prescription Drug Abuse through Twitter. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 15(9):e189.

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.

Hanson CL, Burton SH, Giraud-Carrier CG, West JH, Barnes MD, Hansen B. 2013. Tweaking and Tweeting: Exploring Twitter for Nonmedical Use of a Psychostimulant Drug (Adderall) Among College Students. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 15(4):e62.

Giraud-Carrier CG, Hanson CL, Burton SH, West JH, Barnes MD, Hansen B. 2013. Tweaking and Tweeting: Exploring Twitter for Nonmedical Use of a Psychostimulant Drug (Adderall) Among College Students. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 15(4):e62.

Taylor S, Ward PJ, Zabriskie RB, Hill BJ, Hanson CL. 2012. Influences on active family leisure and healthy lifestyle among adolescents. Leisure Sciences. 34(4):332-349.

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).

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.

West JH, Hall PC, Thackeray R, Hanson CL. 2010. Using Social Networking Sites to Support Online Individual Behavior Change Projects. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. 6(3):686-691.


Chary M, Genes N, Giraud-Carrier CG, Hanson CL, Nelson L, Manini AF. 2015. Estimating nonmedical use of prescription opioids in the United States from social media. European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists Annual Congress.

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.

Book Chapter

Zabriskie RB, Hanson CL. 2010. Leisure in family wellness. , editor. Leisure, health and wellness: Making the connections. State College, PA: Venture Publishing. p. 227-238


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

Goodman J, Hanson CL, Auld E, Sherry C, Strack R, Mathis J. 2013. Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Challenges for Health Education Specialists.

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.

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