Introduction to Cochrane (online course)

Cochrane Sweden is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a 1-week course on Cochrane Methodology from 15 - 19 November 2021. The course will be conducted online through Zoom and in collaboration with Lund University. 

The course is primarily aimed at Ph.D. students and researchers from the fields of medicine, health science or epidemiology but is open for everyone interested in creating or understanding systematic reviews. 

This 40-hour course will cover the following topics and also include self-tuition with Cochrane Interactive Learning.

Course content

  • Introduction to understanding and conducting a systematic review of interventions
  • Writing a review protocol
  • Searching for studies
  • Selecting studies and collecting data
  • Introduction to study quality and risk of bias
  • Analyzing the data and meta-analysis
  • Interpreting the findings and GRADE
  • Reporting the results of a review
  • Introduction to health economics

Teaching forms 
Lectures, discussions, group work and the Cochrane Interactive Learning platform. 


  • Attendance, active participation in discussions and teamwork, and completion of modules 1-9 of Cochrane Interactive Learning. 
  • You will receive a course certificate at the end of the course. If you are enrolled as a Ph.D student the course is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. 

Online using Zoom and Cochrane Interactive Learning. This opens up the possibility to everyone interested in joining, wherever you are located. 


15-19 November (Monday - Friday). Mornings from 08.00 to lunch will be together in Zoom, and in the afternoons you will work on your own in the Cochrane Interactive Learning modules. 


  • For Ph.D. students from the Faculty of Medicine (from Swedish Universities or inside EEA): Free participation. 
  • For other participants: 5000 SEK. When you register for the course at the Lund University page below, you also need to complete the invoice here before 20 October 2021; payment is due by 5 November 2021

How to register
Registration is done through Lund University website for everyone (even if you're not based at Lund University). You can find the application page in the upper right corner at "Apply Here"

Course Literature and Resources


The course is aimed at PhD students and researchers who want to increase their knowledge about how to conduct a systematic review or an evidence synthesis. The course is also relevant for people who will use systematic reviews, evidence synthesis or results from randomized trials to inform decisions in healthcare.

The course aims to increase knowledge about systematic reviews with a focus on interventions and the process from the initial idea and research question to best practice reporting of results in reviews and how reviews can be used within healthcare.

The course will include lecturers and facilitators from several Cochrane Centers in Europe, each within their expert area. Discussions and working in groups will be mixed with lectures and individual work within the Cochrane Interactive Learning modules. There will be time to ask individual questions to our lecturers and facilitators about your own potential reviews or other evidence-related questions during the week.

You can find more information about the course at the Lund University Course page here