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Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, June 17, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 21, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

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
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.