SPH Computer Requirements

Although the Texas A&M School of Public Health maintains computer labs at selected sites for graduate student's use, these facilities are not the primary computing resource. Each student entering the School of Public Health is expected to have a computer of their own (desktop, laptop or tablet) that meets the minimum School of Public Health computer requirements. (This applies to all students.)

The reason for this requirement is that a computer has been deemed to be critical to a graduate student's success. Those who do not have 24/7 access to the internet and a computer are at a great disadvantage. The Medical Sciences Library (MSL) has laptops, iPads, and a digital camcorder available for loan.  

HSC-recommended laptops and technology purchases

Minimum Computer Requirements

Windows minimum requirements

    • Windows 8.1 or 10
    • Intel i5 or i7 processor
    • 250 gigabyte hard drive or 256 Gbyte solid state drive
    • 8 Gbytes of RAM
    • Wireless: 802.11ac
    • Ethernet cable, Cat-5E or greater
    • Ethernet-to-USB adaptor, if necessary

    Dell laptops that meet our minimum standards may be purchased through a special purchasing agreement between Dell and the Health Science Center, but you are not required to purchase one of these computers. Go to Dell-TAMHSC website for more information.

  • Macbook or Macbook Air minimum requirements

    • OS 10.10 or later
    • Intel i5 or i7 processor
    • 250 Gbyte hard drive or 256 Gbyte solid state drive
    • 8 Gbytes of RAM
    • Wireless: 802.11ac
    • Ethernet cable, Cat-5E or greater
    • Ethernet-to-USB (or Thunderbolt) adaptor (Macbook Air and newer MacBooks)

Do not register for an online class if your computer and/or network cannot meet these minimum requirements.