Systematic Reviews

EPI 214 Spring 2019 (1 unit)
Course Director: Stephen Bent, MD
Department of Epidemiology Medicine


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.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to design a simple systematic review and conduct a simple meta-analysis; and
  • Demonstrate ability to 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:

Stephen Bent, MD
Phone: 415-221-4810, x3457

Course Statistical Director:

I. Elaine Allen, PhD

Lecturer: Ashok Krishnaswami, MD, MAS
Teaching Assistant:

Teresa Sparks, MD


Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Tuesdays from 1:15 to 2:45 PM, April 9 through May 14.

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


Stata Statistical Software (Stata Corporation, College Station, TX) will be used; version 13 or higher is acceptable. 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.


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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