Systematic Reviews 

Spring 2023 (1 unit) 

Instruction in the methods of systematic review: development of a research question and a protocol, identification of primary research studies, abstraction of data, determination of summary estimates, evaluation of heterogeneity, evaluation of publication bias, meta-regression, and subgroup and sensitivity analysis.


The objectives for this course are for participants to:

  • Design a simple systematic review and conduct a simple meta-analysis; and
  • Critique a published systematic review


Designing Clinical Research (EPI 202). Exceptions to this prerequisite may be made with the consent of the Course Director, space permitting.


Course Director:

Mohsen Malekinejad, MD, DrPH

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
email: [email protected]


Each week, new material is introduced via a recorded lecture and recommended readings. After beginning to study the lecture and reading, the class gathers for Large Group Discussion in which the lecture is briefly reviewed and students have the opportunity to pose questions to course faculty or prompt discussion on any aspect of the material. The recorded lecture should be viewed prior to this session.

Large Group Discussion:
Time: Thursdays, 8:30 to 10:00 AM, April 6 through May 11.

The syllabus for the quarters dates and times for all activities.


Stata Statistical Software (Stata Corporation, College Station, TX) version 16 will be used. A six-month student license for Stata/IC is the least expensive option that will be suitable to complete all course assignments, but Stata/SE is recommended for robust future use. The TICR Program has arranged for a discount for UCSF-affiliated personnel.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


Grades will be based on total points achieved on homework (60%) and the final exam (40%). Late assignments are not accepted.

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

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Spring Course Schedule (available January 15, 2023)

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