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Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)


The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) can help school districts, schools, 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.

Results of the HECAT can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education 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.

HECAT Brochure [PDF – 236K]
Online HECAT Training Information

The HECAT features:

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