DCH [Diploma in Child Health] Syllabus and Subjects

Duration: 3 Years
Avg Fees: ₹20K - 1 LPA

There are four semesters that make up the DCH Course. It covers a variety of issues, including pediatric psychological behaviour, clinical epidemiology, neonatology, and many infectious and non-infectious disorders. Even other specialities are included in the course for additional skill development in addition to the semester's core subjects. DCH job scope provides a good opportunity for students who are looking for exposure in this course. 

Semester Wise DCH Syllabus

The DCH course consists of core and elective subjects. Depending on the university/college, they may differ slightly. It has two parts -a compulsory set of courses covering all foundation areas in literature and a set of elective courses that aims at building job-specific skills and knowledge. DCH course aims to ensure that the students have access to all the vital information that they need to succeed in the workforce. The semester-wise courses are as follows:

DCH First Year Syllabus

Semester I

Semester II

Fluids and Electrolytes

Basic Sciences and Laboratory Medicine regarding Pediatrics and Childhood Diseases

Neonatology: The Fetus and Neonatal Infant

Psychological Behavioral Manifestations Disorders

Metabolic Diseases

Ethics in Pediatrics and Child Care

Emergency Pediatric Services

Clinical Epidemiology


Pediatric and Neonatal Therapeutics


Computers in Pediatrics

Growth and Development


DCH Second Year Syllabus

Semester III

Semester IV

Development of Diagnostic Approach and Interpretation of Symptomatology and Clinical Signs in Infants, Children and Adolescents

Infectious Diseases

Immunological System and its Disorders

Rheumatic Diseases 

Respiratory System

Cardiovascular System

Hematology and Neoplastic Diseases

Gastrointestinal Tract

Nephrology and Genitourinary Tract

Central and Peripheral Nervous System

Congenital and Acquired disorders of eye, ear, nose, throat, bones and joints

Endocrine System

Research Project

Miscellaneous Diseases

Social Pediatrics

Preventive Pediatrics

DCH Subjects

The DCH subjects taught in the course are mostly similar for all the colleges, but it varies depending on the institution's course module. But, the overall subjects are quite similar but put in a different order, depending on the teaching method. The course overall makes them have a peculiar way of nursing, childcare and health.

Core Subjects:

  • Basic Sciences and Laboratory Medicine regarding Pediatrics and Childhood Diseases.
  • Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Fluids and Electrolytes
  • Infectious Diseases

DCH Course Structure

The DCH course syllabus is designed to mainly include various works from pediatrics, nutrition, treatment and elective subjects that give the knowledge to work in the job sectors. This field sharpens a student's mind to tackle the daily obstacles faced in their workplace, studies & other similar aspects. The course involves subjects which include aspects like

  • Literary theory
  • Core Subjects
  • Elective Subjects
  • Practical

DCH Teaching Methodology and Techniques

DCH is a course focusing on different aspects of pediatrician, nutrition and childcare and treatment. The course is designed based on requirements and helps get the most exposure to the field, and the DCH course subjects deal with the same. Therefore, learning strategies have varying implications for courses.

  • Assignments
  • Case studies/ Research work
  • Internships

DCH Projects

DCH project, known as a mini-thesis, is a compulsory project for the students to complete at the end of their semester. Students should regard their projects as an ideal opportunity to integrate what they have learned during the DCH program and apply it to their future working profession. Some of the project topics are:

  • Automated Monitoring System Of Advanced Medical Products
  • Efficient Alternative To An Ambulance
  • Sanitation And Hygiene
  • Effects Of Malnutrition Among Children

DCH Reference Books

DCH course is the one meant for the specialization in nursing, pediatrics and child care. To get a deep or in-depth knowledge, there are certain books published by the -authors, who have opened up about their thought process, and thus helps in being more skilled and knowledgeable about nutrition and health, which are a major part of DCH Subjects. Some of these books are:

DCH Reference Books



Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics 


Forfar Textbook of Pediatrics


Common Symptoms


Manual of Neonatal Care


Harriet Lane Handbook