LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville plans to offer courses on cybersecurity, thanks to a federal grant.

President Neeli Bendapudi announced the coursework on Thursday, which will utilize a $6.3 million grant from the NSA and specialize in healthcare security; with full accreditation and certificates awarded after the six-month course.

"There’s a great need for talented cybersecurity professionals in all fields, but especially in healthcare," Bendapudi said. "To protect the information that patients, providers, and payors rely on."

The initial pilot program will offer its first 200 certificate course seats to first responders and veterans. Once the courses are established, some spots will be held for students from Simmons College and Kentucky State University, the Commonwealth’s two historically black colleges.