Carl L. Hanson

Director, Master of Public Health

Office: 213A RB
Phone: 422-9103
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Carl L. Hanson is an associate professor of health science and is currently serving as the director
of the master of public health program 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 national and local boards including but not limited
to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the Association for Accredited Public
Health Programs (AAPHP). 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 is from 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

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


  • PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1994
  • MS, Brigham Young University, 1991
  • BS, Brigham Young University, 1990

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 437 Methods in Health Promotion
  • HLTH 439 Planning and Evaluation
  • HLTH 607 Public Health Administration

Research Interests

  • Computational health science
  • New media and social media
  • Family health
  • Adolescent health

Recent Publications

Hanson, C.L., West, J., Neiger, B., Thackeray, R., Barnes, M.D., & McIntyre, E. (2011). Use and acceptance of social media among health educators. American Journal of Health Education. 42(4), 133-141.
Hanson, C.L., Novilla, L.B., Barnes, M.D., Eggett, D., Schiffman, L., & Sugiyama, L. (2009). The relationship between parental health, family functioning, and adolescent body mass index. International Electronic Journal of Health Education. 12, 271-288.

Hanson, C.L., Novilla, L.B., Barnes, M.D., Eggett, D., Mckell, C., Reichman, P., & Havens, M. (2009). Using the rural-urban continuum to explore adolescent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Montana. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. 18(1), 93-105.

Why did you choose public health as a career?

I was initially motivated by an interest in personal health and human performance.

What do you like about teaching here at BYU?

Working with outstanding students in a spiritually strengthening environment!