First of all, thank you for your time. I am an optometrist working in a clinical setting, with a background in academic optometry (a few small-scale publications, sub-investigator for some larger trials). I would like to transition into more of a research capacity, and I would like to be able to offer support in study design and data analysis.
Given these goals, would an MS (biostatistics) or an MPH (concentration in biostatistics) be more appropriate, or would both allow me to function in my desired capacity? Neither program length nor tuition cost are an issue; I simply want to be effective within data analysis and study design. To my understanding, an MPH is more versatile, especially given that I already work in healthcare. However, my concern is that pursuing this instead of an MS would not sufficiently prepare me for more dedicated statistical work.
Also, less relevant, but if I were to consider a PhD in the future, is an MPH a viable qualification for entry? Or would it essentially preclude my acceptance into a biostatistics PhD program?
Thanks again for your time.