Computer Requirements

Notebook Computer Requirement for PhDStudents

All students must be in compliance with the University of Florida Computer Requirements, effective the date of matriculation.

All students must have a Gatorlink account.

All students must have a laptop computer to allow them to complete all coursework and curriculum requirements within their designation program in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

You must purchase a computer that is capable of running Microsoft Windows 7 (or later). You may use a Mac, but it must be able to dual boot to a Windows operating system and run Microsoft Office for Windows (see  for information on using Boot Camp), not all of the applications required for coursework are available for the Mac OS.

Please visit the UF Bookstore for academic pricing on notebook computers, Microsoft products, and other computer software and accessories.

Required Minimum Hardware Specs:

• PHHP minimum hardware policy can be found at• In addition, your notebook should have wireless and wired networking capabilities.  Click here to see the wireless network information for wireless access in the HPNP building.
Note: You may wish to purchase this after you have arrived in the fall, within the first week of classes. Setup will be coordinated through the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Department of Information Technology. Contact them via e-mail at, by phone at (352) 273-6200, or visit their web site at

Required Minimum Software Specs:

Microsoft Windows 7 or XP Professional operating system with current Service Pack and other updates.

Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 Professional with:

  •  Excel (for spreadsheet projects).
  •  PowerPoint (for presentation projects).
  •  Word (for word processing projects).
    *Outlook (can be used for email but not required)

Firefox 4 or above (freely available at

Internet Explorer 7 or above (freely available at

Adobe’s Flash Player (free)

Antivirus software:
Only have one antivirus program installed on your notebook computer at a time!

Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology.

McAfee Antivirus Software
Registered UF students may download a free copy of McAfee Antivirus from UF’s Software Licensing Services using their current Gatorlink username and password.

The University purchased a site license which allows all students to install McAfee antivirus software on their personal computers and to use it as long as they are a UF student.

If your notebook computer already has an antivirus program installed (with a current subscription) there is no need to install the UF-licensed McAfee software (wait until your subscription expires with your current product). Also, you must uninstall any other antivirus programs before installing McAfee Antivirus. Do not attempt to use two different antivirus programs on a computer at the same time.

For more information about UF’s McAfee antivirus program go to:

Additional information

Students are responsible for knowing how to operate their computer and its software. There are many software guides available to help students become more proficient with their software. The University of Florida has a variety of options available, see for more information.

Students must have access to e-mail and a reliable internet connection with the ability to send and receive attachments.

Individual courses may require additional specialized software. In such a case, the faculty member is responsible for ensuring that the software requirements are clearly delineated on the course syllabus. Students are then responsible for acquiring access to the specialized software necessary to complete specific course requirements.

Students are responsible for providing faculty with appropriate hard copies of computer-generated materials if required as part of the course assignment. Students are responsible for the cost of printing these materials.

Students are responsible for any repair necessary to their notebook computers and are expected to complete assignments in a timely manner regardless of the state of repair of their individual notebook computers.

Students may be responsible for computer upgrades over the course of their curriculum completion.

As is the case for non-computer-based assignments, all work completed on the computer must be the student’s original work. Students may not receive assistance in completing computer-based assignments unless specifically allowed as part of that assignment. Copying material from others, such as scanning in others’ work, copying others’ files or disks, and /or downloading materials from other sources, and claiming it as the student’s own work is strictly prohibited.