Systematic Review Online Course

Apply now to reserve a spot in the course. Applications will be accepted until January 1, 2022, or until course is full.

Introductory course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses

The introductory course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses is an online course offered once a year through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the Knowledge Translation Program of St. Michael’s Hospital.


This course is co-taught by Dr. Sharon Straus (MD), and Dr. Andrea Tricco (PhD). The overall course objective is to teach about systematic reviews in general, as well as how to go about doing a systematic review.It is recommended that students conduct a systematic review while taking this course, as the information provided will help guide the systematic review process. Topics include:

  • How to formulate a review question
  • How to develop a review protocol
  • How to abstract data
  • How to appraise the quality of studies
  • How to perform a meta-analysis

The course will cover 17 modules in total. Each module consists of a video presentation, 5 mandatory readings, optional readings, and a mandatory quiz. In addition, there are two assignments related to developing a systematic review question and protocol. The students will have three months to complete the course and the course instructors will provide high-level methodological support for the review, including a consultation with an experienced librarian and a consultation with an experienced biostatistician (if meta-analysis is being considered).

Each module takes 3.5-5 hours to complete. The assignments take approximately 10 and 20 hours, respectively, depending on whether you are using an existing project or starting a new one.

We strongly recommend that you are conducting, or planning to conduct, a systematic review while taking this course. If you would like to apply, please click on the “Apply Now” button on the left side of this page. Once you have completed the application, someone from our team will contact you. Thank you!

$1,800 CAD

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