Mark Hanson

Senior Quantitative Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy, planning and development, University of Southern California; M.P.A. in public affairs, Indiana University; M.S. in environmental science and policy, Indiana University; B.S. in psychobiology and business administration, University of California, Los Angeles


Mark Hanson is a senior quantitative analyst at the RAND Corporation. Also an adjunct associate professor at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, he has research interests in quality of health care, environmental science and policy, urban and transportation planning, residential energy efficiency, simulation modeling, and spatial analysis. Hanson received his Ph.D. in policy, planning, and development from the University of Southern California.

Recent Projects

  • Mapping gender differences in cardiovascular disease and diabetes care
  • Outcome measures for quality assessment in Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans
  • Mapping health literacy in Missouri
  • Costs and benefits of habitat conservation in Riverside County
  • Traffic congestion in Los Angeles

Selected Publications

Courtney Gidengil et al, Comparative Effectiveness of Fidaxomicin for Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Infection, American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, 2014

Chloe Bird et al, Mapping Gender Differences in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Care: A Pilot Assessment of LDL Cholesterol Testing Rates in a California Health Plan, RAND Corporation (RR-539), 2014

Martin et al, A Prototype Interactive Mapping Tool to Target Low Health Literacy in Missouri, RAND Corporation (TR-811), 2010

Lloyd Dixon et al, Balancing Environment and Development: Costs, Revenues, and Benefits of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, RAND Corporation (MG-816), 2008

Paul Sorensen et al, Moving Los Angeles: Short-Term Policy Options for Improving Transportation, RAND Corporation (MG-748), 2008

Kevin McCarthy and Mark Hanson, Post-Katrina Recovery of the Housing Market Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, RAND Corporation (TR-511), 2008

Mark Hanson, The Role of Energy Efficiency in Homebuying Decisions, RAND Corporation (WR-352), 2006

Tom LaTourrette et al, Assessing Natural Gas and Oil Resources: An Example of a New Approach in the Greater Green River Basin, RAND Corporation (MR-1683), 2003

Honors & Awards

  • Provost's Award, University of Southern California