I plan on getting a masters degree in epidemiology but want a degree in medical field as well. I have been considering MD or Nurse Practitioner. I'm having a hard time deciding which to choose since it seems in some cases a nurse practitioner is certified to do just about anything a doctor can do (specialities aside). However, Doctors seem to think that NPs are undertrained to be allowed so much responsibility and NPs seem to think that doctors have horrible patient relations and don't do sufficient evalutation before diagnosis. I just want to be knowledgeable and effective, thus capable of giving patients the best care possible, being a good diagnostician and able to inform and guide public health workers and their programs. Which do I choose?
I would like to keep my doors open to as many career opportunities as possible, such as work abroad as an international health consultant, expert health advisor to NGO programs/projects, with the UN, health ministries, training developing countries nurses, midwives, and doctors, and possibly even practicing abroad. Although I'd like to keep my options open to practicing in the states if I so choose. Would I be overqualifying myself for these opportunities with a Med or NP degree?