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Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Mon 06/20/2022 - Fri 06/24/2022
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Ayesha Khan

At least one term of epidemiology and first year biostatistics


Covers methods for performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses, including building a team, formulating a research question and hypothesis, developing a search strategy, abstracting and collecting data, assessing the risk of bias of randomized controlled trials (using the latest Risk of Bias tool 2.0), and synthesizing the evidence both qualitatively and quantitatively. Acquaints students with a few practicalities of conducting a systematic review through interactive hands-on exercises, including using Stata software to perform meta-analyses.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand the role of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in health care
  2. Explain the essential steps of conducting a systematic review
  3. Gain familiarity with the new tool for assessing risk of bias in randomized controlled trials
  4. Appraise the quality of a systematic review
  5. Describe the challenges associated with performing and interpreting systematic reviews
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 99% Written Assignment(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

May not be taken by students who have completed 340.606.01

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is a hybrid course with both an in-person section (340.686.11) and a synchronous online section (340.686.49). Please choose the modality you need (either in-person or online) when registering in SIS.