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Evidence-Based Medicine


The Evidence-Based Healthcare Programme (EBHCP) has an inventory of the current lectures on evidence-based practice that are provided at the Faculty of Health Sciences. If you require undergraduate or postgraduate teaching on evidence-based medicine or evidence-based healthcare, please let us know! Upcoming lectures will always be posted on the website a month before the lecture date.

As part of the programme, A/Prof Mark Engel convenes a course on Evidence-Based Healthcare within the UCT Masters of Public Health Programme.

View the UCT Masters of Public Health Programme Brochure

View the UCT Masters of Public Health Syllabus

For more information on the course, please email Prof Engel.


The programme conducts workshops on a quarterly (every three months) basis. The aim of these workshops is to provide practical skills in the process of evidence synthesis. Another aim is to provide a forum for discussions on methodological considerations in evidence-based medicine research. During the workshops, potential users of the programme have an opportunity to engage with programme leaders regarding subsequent supervision and mentorship.

For information on the next workshop, please see the Calendar section of the website or email Dr Kagina directly.


Systematic reviews aim to be transparent, reproducible and updatable, and to address well-defined questions. The systematic review process begins with assembly of a competent review team. One key aim of the programme is to provide guidance to users in the assembly of a competent review team. The review team includes a supervisor to provide guidance in the use and application of methodological guidelines. Supervision from the programme includes guidance in framing of a clear question, literature search, study screening (including critical appraisal of eligible studies according to pre-defined criteria), coding, data extraction, meta-analysis and documentation of all the processes of evidence synthesis.

If you are interested in doing a systematic review as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at UCT and would like assistance, please contact members of our team for input.

Evidence-Based Medicine Research Portal

This portal is intended for use by all individuals wanting to work closely with the programme in developing an evidence-based medicine research question, developing the protocol and conducting the full systematic review. Please email any of us (see “The Team”) to find out more – we will guide you to help identify and assembling a research team (comprising of intermediate and advanced mentors) to address a specific evidence-based medicine question.

In addition, our Resources section has links to different materials that will be of use in designing, conducting and reporting on systematic reviews and evidence-based health care more generally.