Primer in systematic reviews online short-course bursaries available

Cochrane South Africa, in its role as coordinating unit of the Cochrane African Network, has bursaries available to participate in the Primer in Systematic Reviews online short-course, running from 1 May to 14 July or 1 October to 8 December 2017. 

This course is being offered by the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care in collaboration with Cochrane South Africa, as part of the Effective Health Care Research Consortium It aims to build capacity of participants to find, appraise, interpret and consider the use of systematic reviews of effects of interventions.

If you would like to apply for a bursary please complete the application form and submit to by 14 April 2017.

The Primer in Systematic Reviews online short-course duration is 6 weeks (excluding orientation) and requires up to 4 hours of effort a week.  The course is purely online and uses an e-learning platform called SUNLearn. 

At the end of the course participants should be able to: 1. Outline the rationale for research synthesis and phrasing questions 2. Identity the principles of randomised controlled trials and risk of bias 3. Find, read and appraise systematic reviews (SRs) 4. Interpret findings of reviews of effects, including statistical interpretation of meta-analysis 5. Be able to interpret a  GRADE profile and Summary of Findings table 6. Outline key components of a systematic review of effects that need to be considered in applying to health policy and practice

A certificate of competence is awarded by Stellenbosch University for all participants who successfully complete the course and assessments.

The course is interactive, fun and informative. Whether you are a clinician, policy maker or researcher, if you want to know more about finding, appraising, and using the best available evidence then this course is for you.

To enquire / enrol please contact Liesel Esterhuizen ( or phone +27 21 938-9314.