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340.686.11 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Mon 06/15/2015 - Fri 06/19/2015
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructors:

At least one term of epidemiology and first year biostatistics


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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the essential steps of performing a systematic review and meta-analysis addressing an epidemiologic or clinical research question
  2. Critically appraise a published systematic review
  3. Describe the challenges associated with performing and interpreting systematic reviews
Methods of Assessment:

Critique of a published systematic review (100%)

Enrollment Restriction:

May not be taken by students who have completed 340.606.01

Instructor Consent:

No consent required