340.686.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 2 Credit(s)
MTWThF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Tianjing Li
    Guest Lecturers
    Claire Twose
    Kristina Lindsley
    Teaching Assistant
    Ian J. Saldanha
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain the essential steps of performing a systematic review and meta-analysis addressing an epidemiologic or clinical research question.
    • Critically appraise a published systematic review
    • Describe the challenges associated with performing and interpreting systematic reviews
  • Course Description
    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.
  • Intended Audience
    JHSPH students and Summer Institute participants
  • Methods of Assessment
    Critique of a published systematic review (100%)
  • Prerequisites
    At least one term of epidemiology and first year biostatistics
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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