Computer Lab

The SPHHS Computer Lab has 12 Windows-based PCs in Arnold House rooms 413 and 417 and 3 PCs in Morrill room 228. These computers are for use by research assistants, graduate students and students taking graduate level courses in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. The computers are networked, and share common software and printers. They are connected to the university fiber optic network to provide fast Internet access.

The Morrill 228 facility is reserved for use by Environmental Health Sciences students. The Arnold House computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional computer access is often available in individual departments or through computers on research projects and grants.

Information for Students

Computer lab facilities are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need building access in order to use the computers evenings and weekends, contact Gloria Seaman in Arnold House room 325 to request a key to Arnold House. Room access is by combination door locks.


SPHHS computers require a username/password. All students registered in graduate level courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Community Health Studies, Environmental Health, or Communications Disorders are assigned a computer username at the beginning of each semester. Other graduate students in SPHHS can get usernames for University-related use upon a faculty member’s recommendation.  Send request to Joseph Pasquini, room 418 Arnold House.

The assigned SPHHS username is the same as OIT's NetID. The password must be changed at the first login.

Lab Hardware & Software

Read the Computer Lab Hardware and Software Specifications (available in the Downloads area at the side of this page) for more information on what lab hardware and software are available for use through the SPHHS Computer Lab.

Lab Protocol

Students are expected to be familiar with and to comply with the Lab Protocol posted in each lab and available as a PDF in the Downloads area at the side of this page.

Campus-Wide Facilities

Computing facilities for the entire UMass Amherst Campus are available through the Office of Information Technologies (OIT). OIT provides telecommunications and general computing and networking to students, faculty, and staff at the university. The OIT username (Net ID) provides access to e-mail, Internet, personal website hosting, the Udrive, and to OIT's PC classrooms. A list of OIT services is posted at

All students must have an active OIT Net ID. Students who pre-register for classes get their OIT Net ID in the mail. If you did not get your Net ID, go to the Lederle Graduate Research Center (LGRC) low-rise building, Room A113, to get an OIT Net ID. Be sure to bring your UCard (or other valid picture ID) for identification. See for information relating to OIT accounts.

OIT provides computer classrooms for faculty using computer technology in their coursework. Students may use the OIT computer facilities for homework (or other University-related work) when a class is not scheduled. For information about computer classroom locations, hours and software, see These facilities are shared by all university students on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will need your own storage device, or the UDrive to save your work. Work cannot be stored on the hard drives of OIT machines. Always make a backup copy of your work.

Purchasing a Computer/Software

General guidelines for computer purchases are given on the OIT web site The university has site licenses for some software that can be purchased at discount rates. See for eligibility and pricing. Additional sources for software, and instructional materials, are available at University of Massachusetts Statistical Software Information.