Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Learn to assess data from clinical trials by performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

About The Course

We will introduce methods to perform systematic reviews and meta-analysis of clinical trials. We will cover how to formulate an answerable research question, define inclusion and exclusion criteria, search for the evidence, extract data, assess the risk of bias in clinical trials, and perform a meta-analysis. 

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

  • Describe the steps in conducting a systematic review
  • Develop an answerable question using the “Participants Interventions Comparisons Outcomes” (PICO) framework
  • Describe the process used to collect and extract data from reports of clinical trials
  • Describe methods to critically assess the risk of bias of clinical trials
  • Describe and interpret the results of meta-analyses

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn a certificate by taking this course? 
Signature Track learners who successfully complete this course with a grade of 70 or higher will receive a verified certificate.

What resources will I need for this course?
You don't need any additional resources beyond a computer or mobile device.

Recommended Background

Participants should have a basic understanding of clinical trial design and introductory level statistics. If you do not yet have this background, we recommend:

  • Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials
  • Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 1: Estimation, Inference, and Interpretation