2023-2024 / METO1006-1

Meta-analysis and critical approach of the evidence based public health


10h Th, 10h Pr, 5h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)3 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 




Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Introduction to Evidence Based Public Health paradigme
  • Evidence Based Public Health and modern quantitative methods
  • Introduction to Meta-analysis, history, definition
  • Discovery and use of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses management software
  • Bias risk assessment
  • Meta-analytic techniques
  • Publication bias
  • Critical discussion of Evidence Based Public Health

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of this course, students will have acquired skills in terms of critical analysis of the taxonomy of scientifc evidence and in the implementation of an MA. He/she will have learned to interpret the results of a meta-analysis and will have had the opportunity to do one. In order to have a global and critical view of Evidence Based Public Health, he will also have acquired competence in critical analysis of MA methodology, effect estimators, sensitivity analyses and potential biases of publications.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Advanced Bibliographic search and systematic review of literature METO0010-1

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex cathedra course, podcasts, practical exercises, use of softwares, presentation of results by the students

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes will be available via myULiège

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Oral exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

For the examination procedures, please refer to the official rules available on the University website


Please, use only your ULiege address (XXX@student.uliege.be) for any exchange of mails and specify in the subject line of your email the course code METO1006.
Professors Olivier Bruyère and et Jean-Yves Reginster and Mrs Charlotte Beaudart
Department of Public Health, Epidemiology, and Health Economics CHU Sart Tilman, Bât.B23 4000 Liège Tel. : +32 (0)4 366 25 81 Fax : +32 (0)4 366 28 12 Email : olivier.bruyere@uliege.be Email : jyreginster@uliege.be Email : C.Beaudart@uliege.be

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