Let Your Major Be Your Guide - School of Public Health

Information Technology Services has worked with the School of Public Health and Social Justice to develop recommendations for system requirements to help students navigate purchasing a computer for their college career or make sure their current one will work at SLU.

Recommended Software Requirements

Minimum Software Recommended Software
Windows Windows 7 Home Premium
Word processing program
Windows 10
Microsoft Office (for free from SLU!)
Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
Apple Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Word processing program
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
Microsoft Office (for free from SLU!)
iCloud - Find my device set up



Computer System




Intel i5 or i7 

Intel i7

8GB+ ram

250GB+ Hard Drive,
Preferably SSD

Physical GB NIC Ethernet

Wireless NIC 802.11g/n

8GB+ USB Drive

100GB+ External Hard Drive

4-yr warranty,accidental coverage

Special notes about School of Public Health system requirements:

  • All students will be required to bring their laptops to New Student Orientation for configuration. A special helpdesk will be available during the New Student Orientation to walk the students through the SLU wireless setup and Symantec Antivirus installation.
  • Students taking introductory and intermediate level biostatistics and epidemiology courses, including BST-500, BST-510, and EPI-502 will need to also have SPSS
  • Students taking advanced biostatistics and epidemiology courses, including BST-520, BST-521, BST-540 and EPI-601 will also need to have SAS. If you have an Apple computer, you will need any virtualization software program, running Windows 7 Pro or greater
  • All software required for specific classes must be installed prior to student orientation. 
  • Students must contact the appropriate vendor to resolve any hardware or software issues.
  • Students will be responsible for file backups. It is recommended that the student purchase and use an external USB thumb drive or hard drive to backup all files.
  • SLU will not be responsible for lost or stolen laptops.
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