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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 6 credits
Contact: Kay DIckersin
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Presents basic methods in qualitative and quantitative meta-analysis, including formulating a hypothesis that can be addressed via meta-analysis, methods for searching the literature, abstracting information, and synthesizing the evidence. Quantitative methods include Bayesian and likelihood approaches to meta-analysis.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Perform a systematic review and meta-analysis addressing an epidemiologic or clinical research question
Formulate a focused research question
Conduct a comprehensive search for relevant research
Assess study quality and abstract the data
Evaluate heterogeneity of the evidence
Synthesize and assess the study results both qualitatively and quantitatively
Interpret the results and construct a report
Describe the various analytic approaches used in meta-analysis
Describe the challenges associated with performing and interpreting systematic reviews

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a thorough systematic review and a meta-analysis project.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Friday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: No consent required

340.601 or 340.751 and 140.622.

Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Letter grade only, no pass/fail allowed.