A one-year postgraduate course in health sciences, the PG Diploma in Maternal and Child Health or PGDMCH is open to all MBBS graduates. It is a good match for students interested in gynaecology, nutrition, and related fields. Admission is usually based on an entrance test and interview; however, students should inquire on the precise criteria with the institutes they are applying to.
The syllabus looks at various issues in maternal and child health and birth management. Modules include a study of human reproduction, pregnancy, menstrual cycles, parenthood, contraception and abortion, maternal and foetal nutrition, child birth, complications in pregnancy, pre- and post-natal care, post-partum concerns, sexually-transmitted diseases and other infections, mental disorders and substance abuse, health of women and children, violence against women, and infant and child care among others. The course content provides students a holistic view of maternal and child care and enables them to take up a variety of careers in this field.