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Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

June 13-17, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2 credits
Course Number: 340.686.11

Course Instructors:


Tianjing Li

Ian Saldanha

Reviews methods used by those performing systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including building a team, formulating a research question and hypothesis, methods for searching the literature, abstracting information, and synthesizing the evidence both qualitatively and quantitatively. Covers how to formulate an answerable research question, defining inclusion and exclusion criteria, searching for the evidence, data extraction, assessing the risk of bias in the underlying studies, qualitative synthesis, meta-analysis, sensitivity analysis, and assessing meta-bias. Acquaints students with a few practicalities of conducting a systematic review using hands-on exercises.

Student Evaluation:
Critique of a published systematic review (100%)

Learning Objective:
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

Location: Baltimore

Auditors Allowed: No

Grading Options: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail