Public Health, Versorgungsforschung und HTA

Advanced Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis - ONLINE

3-Day Certified Course

12 - 14 June 2025



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Advanced Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis 

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The three-day virtual meta-analysis course for health professionals is designed to provide an introduction to advanced methods for conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Topics covered include frequentist and Bayesian meta-analysis and methods to investigate heterogeneity, as well as methods for diagnostic accuracy and network meta-analysis, and the role of meta-analysis in clinical guideline development, HTA and decision making. The course will be interactive and practical, with a mixture of lectures and hands-on tutorials. Computer exercises will be conducted. 

The course is aimed at members of:
  • attendees with a basic knowledge of introductory statistics and prior exposure to statistical software
  • ​suitable for anyone with an interest in flexible approaches to data visualization and data analysis
  • scientists, health care professionals, consultancy organizations and a wide range of industries
  • PhD, medical and master students

Course Pre-requisites:

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


Day 1: Steps in developing a meta-analysis and analysis plan: Hypothesis generation, literature search, data extraction, determining the outcome and effect measure to be used, selecting between fixed and random effects models, assessing heterogeneity and study quality, rating the certainty of evidence, reporting guidelines; frequentist direct comparison, must-haves in any analysis
Day 2: Bayesian and frequentist methods: Bayesian models, Bayesian vs. frequentist methods, Bayesian methods in network meta-analysis, matched adjusted indirect comparisons
Day 3: Diagnostic meta-analysis and role of meta-analysis in health technology assessment: Diagnostic test performance (sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic odds ratio) and ROC curves, threshold effects, diagnostic meta-analysis, between-study heterogeneity, different methodological approaches (SROC, HSROC, others), AUC, confidence and prediction region; role of meta-analysis in health technology assessment, emerging approaches to meta-analysis („living“ analyses)

Course fee (public/academic sector): EUR 1.450
Early booking fee until 14 April 2024: EUR 950
Course fee (commercial/private sector): EUR 2.950
Early booking fee until 14 April 2024: 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.


There are a number of hotels near the campus. Reservations should be made when you receive your registration and payment confirmation. We have made special arrangements with hotels near the course location. After registration, you will receive more details regarding accommodation via e-mail.

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.