Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) is an assessment tool to help school districts, schools, educators, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.


HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula, enhance existing curricula, and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.

To access the HECAT, launch HECAT online or download the PDFs located at the bottom of the page.

HECAT Brochure pdf icon[PDF – 236 KB]

Launch HECAT Online

HECAT Features:

  • Guidance on using the HECAT to review curricula and using the results to make health education curriculum decisions
  • Customizable templates for recording important descriptive curriculum information for state or local use in the curriculum review process
  • Tools to analyze preliminary curriculum considerations, such as accuracy, acceptability, feasibility, and affordability
  • Tools to analyze curriculum fundamentals, such as teacher materials, instructional design, and instructional strategies and materials
  • Specific concept and skills analyses by health topic
  • Guidance on using the HECAT for developing a health education scope and sequence

Download the HECAT: 2012 Edition