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Technology Requirements

Students in all online public health courses are expected to meet the following requirements to successfully participate in their courses. Failure to meet these requirements may cause problems accessing the course materials. It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements are met prior to the start of the semester.

At a minimum, you must have regular access to a computer with Internet connection (preferably broadband) and a web browser. Students are expected to be knowledgeable in basic computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheet and email programs.

Please review hardware and software technology requirements for COPH online courses in Canvas.

  • Computer Processor and Speed
    • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
    • At least 1GB of RAM
    • At least a 2GHz processor
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows XP Service Pack 3 and newer
    • Mac OS X 10.6.x and newer
    • Linux - chromeOS
  • Internet Connection and Speed

    Preferred High Speed Internet (Cable, DSL, etc.), however, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments (minimum of 512kbps).

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to clear any firewall and/or security issues if access to the USF Portal is via a workplace network.

    Supported Web Browsers

    We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whichever of the supported web browsers you are using. For more information on updating and changing the privacy settings of your browser, go to:

  • Plugins, Players, and Readers

    Java is required for the Conference feature in Canvas. Download the latest Oracle Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installation package. The supported JRE versions are 1.6x and newer.

    Adobe Flash Player is required for media recording/streaming and viewing, as well as uploading files to Canvas. Download the latest Adobe Flash Player. Be sure to keep the version of your Flash player up to date.

    Some courses may use audio or video that requires a certain type of media player, such as QuickTime, Windows Media Player, Real Player, or the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. Free downloads are available for these players/plugins online.

    Adobe Reader is required to view PDF files, which is used by many courses to deliver content. Download the latest Adobe Reader.

    Screen Readers

    • JAWS 14+ for Internet Explorer 11+ and Firefox 27
    • Latest version of VoiceOver for Safari
    • There is no screen reader support for Chrome

    Also visit the Student with Disabilities Services (SDS) Student webpage for more information about accommodations available at USF.

  • Additional Software

    Microsoft Office is required to view course materials, complete course work etc. The USF Computer Store offers discounted software for registered students, including Microsoft Office for both Windows and Mac. For more info,

    Browse the USF Application Gateway ( where there are over 40 different software applications to use, just by logging in with your USF netID. For more info,

  • Canvas on Mobile Devices

    Canvas is accessible on supported phones and tablet devices using the Canvas Mobile Apps. To learn more, go to:

  • Test Your Computer Hardware and Software

    View/Print Documents/Files

    Listen/View Video and Streaming Movies
    Note: There is audio in these test demonstrations

    Listen/View Audio Presentation
    Note: There is audio in these test demonstrations