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340.606.01 Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

3rd term
6 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W F,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kay DIckersin
Course Instructors:

340.601 or 340.751 and 140.622.


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Perform a systematic review and meta-analysis addressing an epidemiologic or clinical research question
  2. Formulate a focused research question
  3. Conduct a comprehensive search for relevant research
  4. Assess study quality and abstract the data
  5. Evaluate heterogeneity of the evidence
  6. Synthesize and assess the study results both qualitatively and quantitatively
  7. Interpret the results and construct a report
  8. Describe the various analytic approaches used in meta-analysis
  9. 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: 10 quizzes 20%, tutorial 5%, group midterm paper 15%, individual final paper 50%, peer evaluation 10%, attendance and group presentation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Letter grade only, no pass/fail allowed.