School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH)
Masters of Science in Biotechnology Program
Administrative Associate Director
Bryan Husk came to Madison, Wisconsin in 2002 to help launch the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Master of Science in Biotechnology Program, a graduate degree for working professionals in the biotech industry. The program resides today in the University Research Park with classes conducted at the URP headquarters, the MGE Innovation Center. Bryan began as the program’s IT Manager responsible for supporting all administrative and educational computing operations. His duties were wide-ranging, from program marketing involving web development and email campaigns, to server and network systems management, to academic course development, faculty consultation, and best practice integration of e-learning tools.
During his two-decade career with UW-Madison, Bryan has taken on increased leadership responsibilities and is currently an Administrative Associate Director with SMPH. He oversees day-to-day operation of the biotech master’s program office and leads new student recruitment, provides academic and career counseling to students and alumni, and initiates outreach to regional commercial biotechnology companies and their leadership.
Bryan has worked for years with many UW-Madison campus partners supporting degree delivery, including the Graduate School, the Division of Continuing Studies, the Division of Information Technology, as well as the various UW-Madison Schools and Colleges that support faculty teaching in the M.S. in Biotechnology Program including the Wisconsin School of Business and the Wisconsin Law School.
In 2019, the M.S. in Biotechnology Program led a UW-Madison partnership with UW System’s Extended Campus to design and launch the 100% online MS in Applied Biotechnology, a collaborative degree between seven UW System campuses including UW-Madison. A Capstone certificate in Applied Bioinformatics soon followed. The online M.S. in Applied Biotechnology marks the first UW-Madison campus degree collaboration with UW Extended Campus in nearly 30 years. Over 70% of all the students in the online master’s degree are enrolled at UW-Madison.
The MS in Biotechnology Program’s next project is the launch of a 12-credit professional certificate undergoing campus approval now. The certificate will address topics in quality assurance and regulatory affairs related to biomanufacturing and is set to begin in 2024.
Prior to joining UW-Madison, Bryan Husk worked at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan as the school’s first full-time University Web Manager. He began his information technology career as a graduate assistant in the WMU Faculty Technology and Teaching Lab.
Bryan has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.