Introduction to R/SPSS

I am teaching two classes, Introduction to R and Introduction to SPSS. These are one semester hour pass/fail classes at UMKC that are available online. Both classes are being offered on a semi-regular basis. Currently they are both available for Fall Semester 2017.

First things first. You cannot just sit in on these class. You must take enroll through the UMKC system. Much of the material that I use for this class is freely available on my website and blog, especially for the R class and I have provided short talks on some of this material for the Kansas City R Users Group. But if you want the entire package, you can only get it through the UMKC system.

The course number is MEDB 5505 (R) and MEDB 5506 (SPSS). The syllabus for Introduction to SPSS is available at, though I do need to add a few details. The syllabus for Introduction to R is available at and it also needs a few tweaks.

What if you are not currently registered as a UMKC student? You can still take these classes, but first you need to sign up as a visiting/community student. It takes about a month or so to process the paperwork for a visiting/community student, so don’t delay. There are some details about this process on the UMKC website. Ignore the section on how the School of Medicine does not allow for visiting/community students. The Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics is a general exception to this restriction, but you need to contact the right people. I can give you their names, but I won’t put their contact information on this page to save them from all the spammers. I have a spam-proof page with my email address if you need to get in touch with me and I will put you in touch with them.

If you are curious about the general outline of this class,  you can peek at my handouts and videos. for the R class. I can’t do this for the SPSS class because it relies on handouts and videos developed by Karen Williams. As I transition to material that I have developed (as part of the normal process of updating), I will post them on my website or blog. If you want more details about the SPSS class, please send me an email.

There is a third class, Introduction to SAS that is taught by Mary Gerkovich. If you are interested in this class, send me an email and I can put you in touch with Dr. Gerkovich.

I’ll try to post information about future developments for all of these classes on this page, so bookmark it and check back when you can.