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PUBH739 Special Topic: Systematic Reviews

Introduction to the principles and practice of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including the key steps in a systematic review, meta-analytical techniques, and the assessment of methodological quality of included studies.

Students will learn about the key features of a systematic review. Students will learn why a systematic approach is necessary to produce an unbiased summary of literature and will gain practical skills that will allow them to conduct their own review. Topics covered will include planning of a review, building a search strategy, identifying eligible studies, assessing the potential for bias (both within individual studies and across the review) and the analysis of data (including meta-analysis). For this paper, students must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.

Paper title Special Topic: Systematic Reviews
Paper code PUBH739
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (4 September 2017 - 27 October 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,346.38
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,562.50

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Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealMgt, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the second half of the second semester.
Course outline
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.
Contact
publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Jen Desrosiers
Teaching Arrangements
Distance taught - no class attendance required.
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed
Please contact the Department.
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Introduction, developing a protocol, building a search strategy
  2. Identifying eligible studies; outcome types, measures of association; introduction to Stata and meta-analysis
  3. Data extraction and assessment of study quality (randomised, controlled trials and observational studies)
  4. Meta-analysis, meta-regression
  5. Reporting the findings of a systematic review
  6. Special topics
Assignment 1:
  • Build a systematic literature search
Assignment 2:
  • Part 1: Design a form to assess risk of bias in individual studies
  • Part 2: Perform a meta-analysis and report on findings
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate understanding of the steps involved in conducting a systematic review
  • Effectively search for relevant literature
  • Critically appraise methods used in individual studies
  • Perform a meta-analysis and interpret the results
  • Understand the key items that must be included when reporting on a systematic review

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (4 September 2017 - 27 October 2017)

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

Introduction to the principles and practice of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including the key steps in a systematic review, meta-analytical techniques, and the assessment of methodological quality of included studies.

Students will learn about the key features of a systematic review. Students will learn why a systematic approach is necessary to produce an unbiased summary of literature and will gain practical skills that will allow them to conduct their own review. Topics covered will include planning of a review, building a search strategy, identifying eligible studies, assessing the potential for bias (both within individual studies and across the review) and the analysis of data (including meta-analysis). For this paper, students must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.

Paper title Special Topic:
Paper code PUBH739
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MPH, MSc, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealMgt, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPH, PGCertPHC
Notes
(i) PGCertPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper. (ii) This paper runs for the second half of the second semester.
Eligibility
Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.
Contact
publichealth.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Jen Desrosiers
Paper Structure
Topics:
  1. Introduction, developing a protocol, building a search strategy
  2. Identifying eligible studies; outcome types, measures of association; introduction to Stata and meta-analysis
  3. Data extraction and assessment of study quality (randomised, controlled trials and observational studies)
  4. Meta-analysis, meta-regression
  5. Reporting the findings of a systematic review
  6. Special topics
Assignment 1:
  • Build a systematic literature search
Assignment 2:
  • Part 1: Design a form to assess risk of bias in individual studies
  • Part 2: Perform a meta-analysis and report on findings
Teaching Arrangements
Distance taught - no class attendance required.
Textbooks
Text to be confirmed
Please contact the Department.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate understanding of the steps involved in conducting a systematic review
  • Effectively search for relevant literature
  • Critically appraise methods used in individual studies
  • Perform a meta-analysis and interpret the results
  • Understand the key items that must be included when reporting on a systematic review

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None