NIeCer 104: Introduction to Systematic Reviews for Dental Health Professionals

By Multifaculty   |   ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai
Learners enrolled: 3413
ABOUT: This course is part of the series of courses on health research offered by ICMR-NIE. Systematic reviews, as a method of conducting research synthesis, are becoming common. They provide much needed evidence in areas which lack a concrete consensus and are considered cornerstones of forming practice and policy guidelines. This course was born out of the need felt among dental health professionals across the country to understand the basic principles of conducting a systematic review. Over the course of our lectures, the participants will be able to grasp the most essential steps and understand the various activities involved while carrying out a systematic review. We expect the course to be useful to dental health professionals who have minimal to no exposure to systematic reviews.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any dental health researcher

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Government/ private sector, public health service institutions/ agencies, Post graduate institutions in biomedical and allied sciences, Dental colleges / Universities, NGOs engaged in health research, Clinical research organizations, Pharma companies and marketing research organizations
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : Self Paced
Category :
  • Health research
Level : Certificate

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Course layout


The course includes 8 lectures (as shown below) covering the various concepts and step involved in conducting a systematic review. Learning materials will include - video lectures, lecture handouts and additional reading/resource materials.
  1. Overview of Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
  2. Framing the review question
  3. Framing the eligibility criteria 
  4. Sources of literature
  5. Strategies for searching the evidence
  6. Screening, selection and data abstraction process
  7. Assessing bias and data synthesis 
  8. PRISMA- P and protocol registration

  • All lectures will have online assignments consisting of 5 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Thus, the ‘total assignment score’ sums to a maximum of 40. 

  • A minimum of 70% in total assignment score is necessary for successful completion and certification.



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Instructor bio

The instructors for this course comprise of a variety of public health experts who have gained vast experience in the field of health research. They also serve as faculty members at the ICMR School of Public Health of the ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India. These faculty members have been conducting epidemiological/public health research and have rich experience in publishing high impact factor, national and international journals. Further details about the course can be found at https://nie.gov.in/icmr_sph/Dental-health-professionals.html 

Apart from this course, ICMR-NIE also offers several offline and online courses. For more details, please visit https://nie.gov.in/icmr_sph/Home.html 

1. Academic coordinators
Dr. S. A. Rizwan, M.D.,

2. Teaching assistant
Dr. H. Madhumitha Ph.D.,

Course certificate

Participants who obtain a minimum score of 70% will be awarded an e-verifiable course completion certificate at the end of the course.

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