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This Systematic Reviews in Intervention Research course from Utrecht University will offer a mix of lectures and practicals that will help the student to perform all of these steps in practice. In addition, specific challenges to systematic reviews and new developments will be highlighted.

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Systematic reviews play a crucial role in this era of Evidence Based Medicine and clinical guidelines. Systematic reviews use a systematic and transparent approach to identify all relevant articles, appraise the risk of bias, examine sources of variation, and, if appropriate, meta-analyse the results of the primary studies.

Learning objectives

By the end of the Systematic Reviews in Intervention Research course from Utrecht University , you should be able to:

  • Explain the rationale for performing a systematic review
  • List the key steps of a systematic review
  • Formulate a proper review question addressing a therapeutic dilemma
  • Understand the design of a comprehensive and efficient search strategy to identify relevant RCT’s in electronic bibliographic databases
  • Explain the main types of bias in a therapeutic study
  • Assess primary studies (RCT) for their risk of bias and report these findings

Programme Structure

By taking the program you will:

  • Explain the difference between fixed and random effects approach and their assumptions
  • Perform & interpret the findings of a meta-analysis (fixed & random approach)
  • Interpret the different measures of heterogeneity
  • Interpret the results of a meta-regression model
  • List and explain the different types of reporting bias
  • Critically appraise systematic reviews

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 21 days
    • 14 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

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Enrollment deadline 31 May, 14 Feb





1.5 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To enroll in this course, you need:

  • A BSc degree in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine or veterinary medicine, or a comparable degree
  • Basic knowledge about epidemiology and statistical data analysis. Elevate courses offering this knowledge include Introduction to Epidemiology and Introduction to Statistics
  • Basic understanding of the principles of clinical epidemiology, regarding the design, conduct & analysis of a therapeutic randomized controlled trial.
  • Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing

Tuition Fee

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