Public Health, Health Services Research and HTA

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis - ONLINE

3-Day Certified Course

20 - 22 March 2025


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Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

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This 3-day virtual hands-on workshop provides an introduction to conducting systematic reviews, evidence synthesis and meta-analyses. We will cover how to formulate an answerable research question, perform a literature search, extract data, assess study quality and risk of bias, perform a meta-analysis and report results. The course will be interactive and practical, with a mixture of lectures, hands-on tutorials and computer exercises.


The course is aimed at members of:

  • attendees with a basic knowledge of introductory statistics
  • suitable for anyone with an interest in systematic overviews, data, analysis, data interpretation, evidence synthesis analysis and flexible approaches to data visualization
  • scientists, health care professionals, consultancy organizations and a wide range of industries
  • Medical, master and PhD students


Course Pre-requisites:
Course Language is English. Both native and non-native English speaker scientists are welcome.



Day 1: Steps in conducting systematic reviews: Research question (PICO), hypothesis generation, determining the outcome and effect measure to be used, planning and designing the literature search strategy and systematic review, eligibility criteria, Cochrane collaboration.

Day 2: Conducting systematic reviews and steps in conducting meta-analysis: PROSPERO, review protocol, data sources (published and unpublished studies), study selection process, data extraction, study quality and risk of bias, selecting the statistical model (fixed or random effects model).

Day 3: Conducting meta-analysis and role of meta-analysis in health technology assessment: Conducting a meta-analysis for dichotomous and for continuous data, assessing and managing heterogeneity, forest plots, subgroup and meta-regression analysis, interpreting, discussing and reporting the findings, role of meta-analysis in health technology assessment.


Course fee (public/academic sector): EUR 1.450
Early booking fee: EUR 950
Course fee (commercial/private sector): EUR 2.950
Early booking fee: EUR 2.450

VAT is not payable.

Course fees include a comprehensive syllabus, an extensive binder with background reading material and course certificate, but not accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of course fees (less 15% administrative charges) will be made for cancellations received in writing at least one month prior to the workshop. Substitutes can be made but please email new delegates details when known. Cancellations made less than one month prior to the course are non-refundable/non-changeable.

In the unlikely event that, due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment, the course has to be cancelled by the UMIT TIROL, our liability is limited to refund of course fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate insurance cover to claim any travel or personal expenses.