The mission of the Department of Family Medicine Research (DFM Research) is to pursue applied research that expands access to care, improves patient-oriented outcomes, and drives change in the broader healthcare system. 

The Department of Family Medicine research portfolio includes four areas:

DFM Research is located within Carolinas HealthCare System, the second largest public healthcare system in the country, and offers comprehensive expertise across the research continuum including trial design, implementation and dissemination.

As part of its core mission the department is actively involved in community engagement. In addition to running a monthly free clinic, the department houses the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research (MAPPR), a research network that partners researchers and community members to find solutions to health disparities. 

DFM Research ranks in the top 2 percent nationally with funding from the National Institutes for Health, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Duke Endowment.