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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4-6 hours/week...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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To get the ball rolling, we'll take a broad overview of what to expect in this course and then introduce you to the high-level concepts of systematic review and meta-analysis and take a look at who produces and uses systematic reviews.

5 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings
5 videos
Lecture 1A : Introduction to Systematic Reviews15m
Lecture 1B: Introduction to Meta-Analysis12m
Lecture 1C: Producers and Users of Systematic Reviews8m
Hannah Rothstein, PhD1m
3 readings
Pre Course Survey10m
From the Field Videos10m
4 hours to complete

Framing the Question

In this module, we will discuss how to frame a question, as well as scope, elements, and refining the question.

7 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Lecture 2B: Deciding the Type and Scope of Your Question17m
Lecture 2C: Elements of the Question16m
Lecture 2D: Refining the Question10m
Lecture 2E: Some Examples8m
Lecture 2F: Analytic Frameworks10m
Betsy Becker, PhD2m
1 reading
Welcome to the first Peer Assignment!10m
1 practice exercise
Module 210m
2 hours to complete

Searching Principles and Bias Assessment

In this module we will look at finding the evidence, as well as key sources, search strategy, and assessing the risk of bias.

11 videos (Total 119 min), 2 quizzes
11 videos
Lecture 3A: Finding the Evidence: Searching Principles5m
Lecture 3B: Identifying Key Sources and Techniques for Searching17m
Lecture 3C: Building a High-Quality Search Strategy17m
Lecture 3D: Documenting Your Search and Conclusions8m
Lecture 4A: Why Bias in the Individual Study is Important to a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis7m
Lecture 4B: Selection Bias18m
Lecture 4C: Information Bias8m
Lecture 4D: Bias in the Analysis15m
Lecture 4E: Displaying Study "Quality" in Your Systematic Review16m
Byron Wallace, Phd2m
2 practice exercises
Module 310m
Module 410m
2 hours to complete

Minimizing Metabias, Qualitative Synthesis, and Interpreting Results

In this module, we will cover minimizing metabias, selection bias, information bias, how to report transparently, qualitative synthesis, and interpreting results.

9 videos (Total 88 min), 2 quizzes
9 videos
Lecture 5B: Selection Bias22m
Lecture 5C: Information Bias12m
Lecture 5D: Bias in the Analysis15m
Lecture 5E: Reporting Transparently6m
Lecture 6A: Qualitative Synthesis and Interpreting Results Section A7m
Lecture 6B: What is Qualitative Synthesis10m
Lecture 6C: Some Examples5m
Christopher Schmid, PhD1m
2 practice exercises
Module 510m
Module 610m
2 hours to complete

Planning the Meta-Analysis and Statistical Methods

This module will cover the planning of your meat-analysis and the statistical methods for meta-analysis.

9 videos (Total 109 min), 2 quizzes
9 videos
Lecture 7A: Planning Your Meta-Analysis Section A7m
Lecture 7B: Introduction to Meta-Analysis15m
Lecture 7C: Why Do a Meta-Analysis?10m
Lecture 7D: Types of Data and Effect Measures19m
Lecture 8A: Fixed Effect Model20m
Lecture 8B: Random Effects Model14m
Lecture 8C: Random Effects Model17m
Michael Borenstein, PhD2m
2 practice exercises
Module 710m
Module 810m
2 hours to complete

Wrap Up and Final Peer Review Assignment

In this final module, we'll wrap up with a look back at the key concepts covered over the past few weeks. Afterwards, you will submit your final Peer Review Assignment and evaluate some of your classmates' submissions.

2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
Closing Remarks 1m
1 reading
Welcome to Your Final Peer Review Assignment10m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

By MJJan 8th 2019

Although introductory, I do carry out reviews as a researcher. I Learned a lot to improve my systematic reviews through this course. High quality, though the music could be a little less intense.

By KAFeb 13th 2017

Incredible course! You learned a lot from these amazing professors. If you take this course you will know how to do a high quality systematic review and even a meta analysis and publish them.



Tianjing Li, MD, MHS, PHD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kay Dickersin, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Bloomberg School of Public Health

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